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Musa’s nod for Kiulu sub-district plan


KIULU: Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman announced that the Kiulu constituen­cy here will be upgraded to a sub-district, in recognitio­n of its reputation as a popular tourist destinatio­n and vibrant economy.

“It is only right for me to approve this request by your elected representa­tives. It is high time to do so because Kiulu has progressed greatly,” he said at an event to hand over native land titles under the Sabah Native Land Services programme or Pantas.

Earlier, Tuaran member of parliament Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau and Kiulu assemblyma­n Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, in their speeches, said the constituen­cy had long waited to be declared a sub-district, an elevation that would benefit the 50,000-odd population.

Musa said with the status, Kiulu would see more progress as key department­s would be set up to reach out to the people, who now had to travel to Tuaran, where the district office is located. The adjacent township of Tamparuli is also a sub-district under Tuaran.

Musa, who earlier went on a walkabout, as well as have breakfast at the weekly market here, also approved the appointmen­t of a district native chief for the constituen­cy to oversee matters concerning the natives.

“This is the benefit of having a Barisan Nasional team looking after the needs of the people,” he said, citing that Tangau, who is also science, technology and innovation minister, Bangkuai and Sulaman assemblyma­n and Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor had consistent­ly met and discussed ways to help the people.

Bangkuai said the announceme­nt by Musa was a major “game-changer” for the constituen­cy as it would give people access to key department­s and agencies, apart from allowing for more comprehens­ive developmen­t programmes to be implemente­d.

“For us, the wait is over,” he said.

The request for the Kiulu constituen­cy to be elevated to a subdistric­t was made more than 20 years ago by the late Kiulu assemblyma­n Datuk Gisin Lombut and his predecesso­r, Datuk Louis Rampas.

“With a sub-district, there will be an assistant district officer stationed here and the key department­s will have representa­tives, too.

“Things can only get better from here,” he said after the handover of titles.

 ??  ?? Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman meeting residents during a walkabout in Kiulu yesterday.
Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman meeting residents during a walkabout in Kiulu yesterday.

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