For­ma­tion of M’sia brings de­vel­op­ment to San­dakan

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - HOME -

SAN­DAKAN: The Malaysia Day cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day is sig­nif­i­cant to the de­vel­op­ment of San­dakan, which is lo­cated on the east side of Sabah.

Once dubbed ‘Lit­tle Hong Kong’, the district’s rapid de­vel­op­ment was con­trib­uted by com­mit­ment from the Sabah Gov­ern­ment and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, be­sides the strug­gle of in­de­pen­dence fight­ers through the for­ma­tion of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963.

Chan Tzun Hei, a youth ac­tivist, de­scribed the var­i­ous devel­op­ments which could be seen and felt by the San­dakan com­mu­nity, with­out re­al­i­sa­tion.

He said as a San­dakan na­tive, the for­ma­tion of Malaysia in­volv­ing the union of 13 states in the Malaysian Fed­er­a­tion be­came the im­por­tant fac­tor to the state and coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment.

He said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment which was formed through the uni­fi­ca­tion had es­tab­lished close co­op­er­a­tion with all states to im­ple­ment de­vel­op­ment.

“The cur­rent San­dakan de­vel­op­ment did not come into ex­is­tence in the blink of an eye but was the re­sult of strug­gles of both the state and fed­eral lead­ers, with sup­port from the San­dakan com­mu­nity,” he told Ber­nama yes­ter­day.

Chan, who is San­dakan’s Malaysia Youth Move­ment ad­viser, wants con­tin­u­ous ef­forts for San­dakan’s de­vel­op­ment for the sake of the next gen­er­a­tion.

“We should not be sat­is­fied and must al­ways be far-sighted,” he said, adding that among the devel­op­ments in San­dakan were the Har­bour Square and Har­bour Mall, shop­ping malls and the open­ing of the Four­point By Sher­a­ton, the district’s first four-star ho­tel.

He said de­vel­op­ment was also boosted by a few new satel­lite towns which opened up busi­ness and ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Ban­dar IJM Utama in Batu 6, Ban­dar Prima and Mid Town in Batu 4.

Chan said the more sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment projects in San­dakan were the In­te­grated Ex­press Bus Ter­mi­nal and the New San­dakan City which were still un­der con­struc­tion. He said the con­struc­tion of Jalan Lin­tas Utara from Batu 7 un­til Batu 2 was also the main fac­tor to San­dakan’s de­vel­op­ment as it over­came traf­fic con­ges­tion in Jalan Utara.

The open­ing of Jalan Lin­tas Utara has also wit­nessed de­vel­op­ment along the road, in­clud­ing new res­i­den­tial ar­eas and satel­lite towns.

Chan said the new res­i­den­tial ar­eas in­cluded Ta­man Nasa Lim, Casa San Uno, Har­moni and the 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Hous­ing (PR1MA), while the satel­lite towns com­prised Ban­dar Le­tat Jaya, Ban­dar In­dus­tri Rin­gan Le­tat Jaya, SEDCO Fasa 3 and Mid Town.

Be­sides that, he added, the up­grad­ing project in­volv­ing the San­dakan Air­port had pro­vided con­ve­nience fa­cil­i­ties for the peo­ple to travel to Kota Kin­a­balu, Kuala Lumpur and Tawau by air trans­port. At the same time, Chan said the San­dakan Air­port had also en­cour­aged tourism ac­tiv­i­ties in the district which was well-known for its nat­u­ral beauty, wildlife and ma­rine.

He said the Sepi­lok Orang Utan Con­ser­va­tion Cen­tre, Bornean Sun Bear Con­ser­va­tion Cen­tre and Pu­lau Penyu Park had at­tracted a large num­ber of tourists.

There­fore, as a San­dakan na­tive, he was grate­ful and thank­ful for the de­vel­op­ment achieved through the com­mit­ment of the Sabah Gov­ern­ment and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment. - Ber­nama

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