Apply green technology, CM urges developers
KOTA KINABALU: Developers were urged to apply green technology in every building or premises built.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said that besides adopting smart technology in housing development, green technology is crucial to bring Sabah a step forward, towards the innovation and creation of eco-friendly premises as well as reducing environmental pollution.
On behalf of the State Government, Shafie said he always welcomed the developers’ efforts to provide the best housing and quality for the people.
He said the best and quality housing is very important as it is in line with the government’s effort to implement a holistic way to develop the state and suitable with its goal and aspirations to become a developed state and country in the future.
Shafie also said that the government will continue to work with the private sector and support innovation as displayed by K-Avenue.
“Of course, the development of this project will put the business in the state in a better position, thereby enhancing economic growth, and creating many entrepreneurial opportunities for youths with the existence of commercial centers in the area,” Shafie said yesterday in a speech delivered on his behalf by Deputy Chief Minister cum Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Jaujan Sambakong at the K-Avenue Sodomon launching ceremony in Jalan Lintas here, yesterday.
The Chief Minister noted that K-Avenue by Mega City Avenue Sdn Bhd showcased a modern residential area which will be able to complement Kota Kinabalu’s future development.
Hence, he hoped it will benefit the people, especially the target groups not only to own their own homes but also for commercial purposes.
K-Avenue is located near the city center and about 2.5 km from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
It comprises three 21-storey tower blocks, with two blocks for commercial suites, while another block for residential purposes.
Also present yesterday was the Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Junz Wong.
Meanwhile, in an interview, Jaujan opined that it is more relevant for the Bumiputera to be given discounts when buying a house rather than providing quota for them.
He said until today, there was not one accurate fact that shows the 30 per cent Bumiputera quota is enjoyed by the people.
Therefore, in tackling housing issues in the state to provide more affordable homes for the people, Jaujan said the developers also have responsibility towards the people and to act on their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
He said the developers should go higher quantity of houses rather than luxury as well as providing houses with a disabledfriendly concept.
The government will ease the process whenever possible, thus he hoped for developers to be tolerant as the government had been the same towards them, Jaujan added.
The Naval Region 2 officers and personnel during the appreciation ceremony held at Mohd Azim Hall, Taman Samudera.
Jaujan, Junz (third right) and George (second left) viewing a scale model of K-Avenue that comprises three 21-storey tower blocks.