Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Plans for Mantanani island

KOTA KINABALU: Popular tourist island Mantanani, located about 80km northwest of the city here, has been identified to be developed into a low carbon island.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said that they are planning to develop the island using green energy that is similar to the project planned for Langkawi.

“Developing Mantanani as a green island would also create enormous value for tourism development,” said Dr Ongkili after chairing the coordinating meeting for infrastructure development on Pulau Mantanani.

The meeting was attended by Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB), Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry, state Public Works Department and also Kota Belud District Office together with state Land and Survey Department officials.


“All the relevant government agencies will be working closely to ensure the development plans for public housing, rural hybrid power system and sewage were implemented properly,” he said.

The infrastructure development must be planned on the principle of low carbon footprint and environmental sustainability through applications of green technology, he added.

Dr Ongkili said a development blueprint for low carbon Mantanani Island would be proposed to the federal government to be part of the national green initiatives.

On the wooden bridge that collapsed as a fire truck was passing through to put out a fire in Kg Konina in Sabah’s northern Kota Marudu, Dr Ongkili said that a temporary bridge would be built for the pedestrians to use.

State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman said construction of a new bridge would begin once the allocation was released by the state Finance Ministry.


Source - The Star