Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

MP calls for the setting up of tourism district council to facilitate green development of area

KOTA KINABALU: Green tourism can be the hallmark of Sabah’s northern Kota Marudu district, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Ongkili said.

He added the coastal district is blessed with many natural resources which make it a unique destination.

“Kota Marudu is blessed with good soil for agriculture. We also have the second largest mangrove area in Sabah with about 10,000ha, seashore, 60 species of almost-extinct birds, mammals and reptiles and it is less than two hours’ drive from Kota Kinabalu city.

“Marudu Bay’s rich marine diversity has been a subject of study on eco-resources management.

 

“We must exploit our resources, beauty and uniqueness to make Kota Marudu a centre for green tourism,” said Dr Maximus who is also the Kota Marudu MP.

He called on the district office to set up a Tourism District Council to expedite the development of Kota Marudu as a potential tourism destination.

He said the district had a lot of tourism potential and noted efforts had been made to set up homestays for visitors including nature lovers.

Dr Maximus said this at the launch of the two-day Kota Marudu festival which was previously known as Pesta Jagung (Corn Festival).

The festival which is synonymous with the district has been renamed to reflect the fact that it highlights the culture of the many ethnic groups as well as agricultural products of the district.

Among the programmes held in conjunction with the festival were traditional sports, the Kota Marudu Sabah Open 4x4 Amateur Challenge 2015, the Marudu Bay festival, cultural shows, Classic Chinese Song Competition, Lantern Competition, Festival Queen Contest, a colouring contest for children, and booths exhibiting agricultural products and produce as well as farm animals.

This year the Green Foundation (Yayasan Hijau) set up under the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry also held a mini carnival involving 400 secondary school students to promote green practices.

“Making Kota Marudu environmentally-friendly is part of the plan to develop the district as the economic hub of northern Sabah through sustainable development,” he said.

Dr Maximus added Kota Marudu would be able to progress further with the planned Pan Borneo Highway which will include a coastal road that links to the district.

He said the government has already approved and allocated RM36mil to develop the first phase of the dual carriageway for Kota Marudu.

“Some 500 units of shoplots have been completed and 700 more are nearing completion which will lead to greater economic growth in Kota Marudu,” he said.

Dr Maximus added he was also encouraged to see more bodies in the community expressing interest to participate in the Feed-in Tariff mechanism for solar photo voltaic.

 

Source - The Star