KOTA KINABALU, April 15 (Bernama) -- Various related agencies and
departments here will work out strategies to improve the structure of resorts
and hotels built in the hilly areas of Kundasang in view of landslides that
often occur there during the rainy season.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said
although the landslides that happened earlier this week had not really affected
tourism activities, it had exposed some of the problems with regard to the
development of resorts in the area, citing the drainage system as an example.
"There''s a need for us to plan properly and local authorities must ensure
that buildings are put up according to approved plans," he told reporters at a
function here today.
He said a meeting may be held involving all resort owners in Kundasang and
Ranau on the matter.
According to him, safety issues must be addressed as "just one unfortunate
incident in any part of Sabah can kill off tourism activity there".
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"We should avoid unnecessary accidents or putting people''s lives at risk
as a result of carelessness or inability to correct wrong things," added Masidi.
Commenting on a news report on alleged rampant tree-cutting activities in
Kundasang, Masidi said he noticed the land clearing activities about two weeks
ago, which was done on government land.
He said he had forwarded the matter to Sabah State Secretary Datuk Sukarti
Wakiman for further action.
"The land encroachment may involve villagers. Maybe some of them want to
start a new settlement, a kampung there," he said.
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