Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Minister Gives Recognition To Business Community’s Role In Progress Of Kota Marudu

KOTA MARUDU (June 16): The business community in Kota Marudu plays a pivotal role in assisting the district to achieve its goal of becoming the economic hub of northern Sabah.

 At the swearing-in ceremony of the Kota Marudu Chinese Chamber of Commerce committee members

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili, who is also Kota Marudu MP, said Kota Marudu’s success is determined by the efforts put in by everyone, including the business community.

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony for the 19 committee members of the Kota Marudu Chinese Chamber of Commerce for the term 2014-2015 on Sunday night, he said that the contribution of the business community in the economic growth of Kota Marudu was well recognised.

He expressed his gratitude for their support which had contributed to the development felt in Kota Marudu today.

“But much still needs to be done for us to continue to progress and the role of the business community is very important in ensuring the momentum of growth is hastened,” he said.

He added that the business community had proven that they were not only there to profit in business but they were also actively involved in the social development in Kota Marudu through their involvement, such as in providing employment to the people as well as uplifting the educational standards.

“I am pleased to note that the chamber has also been very generous in initiating community programmes to help the people and I hope this is always the norm.

“This is because we cannot progress without groups and civil societies also playing their part to help to bring progress to the people, which will benefit the village folks through improved standard of living,” he said, adding that he hoped that Kota Marudu Chinese Chamber of Commerce will participate in more grassroot programmes.

Dr Maximus also said that the Kota Marudu had been recorgnised as a district in Sabah that is growing at a fast pace with prices of property increasing by 300% in the past few years.

“For example, the price of a three-storey shoplot in the town area cost about RM900,000 which is considered high but the lots are quickly snapped up,” he said.

The potential for Kota Marudu is big, he said, as the district is strategically located between Kudat and Pitas, besides also being linked to Kota Belud, Sandakan and Ranau.

“However, we need proper planning to ensure that development can be implemented correctly to achieve our targets, and the people are ready for it,” he said.

He therefore urged everyone to work together, including the business community, to ensure that Kota Marudu reaps the benefits of economic development.

On another matter, Dr Maximus said that a proposal had been approved for Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd to conduct a six-month study on water supply for Kota Marudu.

This will involve looking at the feasibility of building a reservoir to store water for the needs of the people of Kota Marudu, who were plagued with water supply disruption during recent droughts as well as floods.