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TANJUNG ARU ECO DEVELOPMENT – A Mega Urban Sustainable Tourism Development For The City Of Kota Kinabalu.
In the development of a feature story for The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) – Sabah Branch on Smart Technology for Sustainability, Borneo 360 ALIVE had an exclusive interview with Datuk Seri Panglima Victor S. Paul, Executive Director of Tanjung Aru Eco Development Sdn. Bhd. (TAED) to find out more about what the TAED project is all about and here is an excerpt of the interview:
Tanjung Aru is of sentimental value to all Sabahans, especially seniors like me. However, today Tanjung Aru has lost much of its glory. To restore it to its former glory, the State Government has taken on a monumental task. In this aspect, Tanjung Aru Eco Development Sdn. Bhd. was formed as a 100% government owned company registered under the Chief Minister Incorporated (Ordinance). The company’s mission is firstly to address the present environmental issues, to rejuvenate Prince Phillip Park and Tanjung Aru Beach to create a holistic sustainable development to boost up the economy of the state which will major contributor whom we are create job opportunities for the people.
The rejuvenated public Tanjung Aru Beach and Prince Phillip Park will see the park twice its current size with free walkways, cycle ways and more.
This development is expected to bring in an initial investment of approximately RM30 Billion to energize the economy and to create jobs. This eco development has a rainforest theme which will focus on creating green public spaces to provide a healthy environment for the people.
The driving force behind this vision is the Chief Minister of Sabah, who with the top civil servants as board members have been entrusted to ensure the success of the project. I act as the executive director on a pro-bono basis to manage the project because of my experience in building Perdana Park.
Financing for this project is a major issue. A minimum amount of the land approximately around 30% – has to be sold to raise the required funding. A major contributor whom we are grateful to is the Prime Minister and the Federal Government. The Federal Government has given us a RM500 Million facilitation grant for they realised the benefits that the project will bring to the people and revenue to the state.
The State Government has not forgotten the younger generation. It has earmarked 5.78 hectares of land to be developed into affordable apartments for young Sabahans. The cost of the land is to be absorbed by TAED.
With this in mind, I hope, together with your support, we can achieve this vision and make Sabah an example to the rest of Malaysia.
As Abraham Lincoln once said “The best way to predict your future is to create it” and this is exactly what the State Government is doing.
Located in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre is within walking distance from banks, shopping malls, restaurants, tourist attractions and the historical Jesselton Point Waterfront. It also has easy access to the new convention centre. In addition, the hotel is only 15 minutes by car from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
Kota Kinabalu is known for its exotic history, beautiful beaches, islands, coral reefs and strategic location with an excellent range of adventure activities and world class facilities.
We had the pleasure to film and photograph Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu. Another added feature of the Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu has a gallery of some of my collection of Sabah’s nature and landscape images in each room.
Simplicity at its best, Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu is strategically located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu City Centre, offer 275 guestrooms with all the essential amenities for a refreshing experience with great value. Within walking distance to the commercial district, banks, government agencies, local eateries & bars and various tourist sites, it’s one address you would not want to miss.
The hotel is a mere 10-minute walk to the Handicraft Market, The Waterfront and nearby shopping malls. A visit to any of the cultural attractions only takes a few minute drive from the hotel. Catching the next flight home is a comfortable 10-minute ride to the airport. Thus the strategic location of Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu makes it an ideal choice for a short getaway trip in the city.
More info: http://www.cititelexpress.com/kk
Recently we had the pleasure to film and photograph ēRYAbySURIA Resort Cherating, Pahang. Situated strategically along the coastline of the breathtakingly beautiful South China Sea, ēRYAbySURIA Cherating, Pahang is renowned for its pristine white sandy beaches, immersed by vivid sunlight rays.
Cherating is a go-to destination for tourists from all over the world and the resort is located about 45 kilometres away from the city of Kuantan, the state capital of Pahang.
Whether you’re travelling with your family, loved ones or a bunch of good friends, the resort is a perfect vacation recipe for those who wish to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
Make your way to ēRYAbySURIA Cherating and don’t miss out on visiting various tourists’ attractions such as Tasik Chini, Gua Charah, Turtle Sanctuary and Kampung Kebudayaan Cherating. At night, you can also enjoy something incredible unfold – as fireflies descend on a special area of Libok to put on quite the glittering light show.
Don’t forget to make a few stops to sample and purchase fresh fish, keropok mentah and lekor as well as the nasi dagang – a famous local delicacy.
When the weather is nice (and it’s always ‘summer’ in Malaysia!), get into your wetsuit and ride the waves, before catching the spectacular South China Sea sunset you’ve waited all day to see.
More info: https://www.eryabysuria.com/hotels/cherating
Recently we had the pleasure to film and photograph ēRYAbySURIA Resort Merang, Terengganu. Located in the heart of Tanjung Rhu, Merang, along the coastline of the enchanting South China Sea. On top of its ideal location, the resort is blessed with long sandy beaches, turquoise sea waters and palm-fringed shores that makes it a picture-perfect view and provides you with instant gratification.
Merang, a town in the district of Setiu, celebrates the best of Terengganu as it is well-known as a seaside village – an hour away from Kuala Terengganu, the state capital of Terengganu. It is a hidden treasure that is currently gaining popularity among tourists from all over the world.
Take the opportunity during your stay to visit some of the top tourists’ attractions such as Taman Barisan Marin Setiu Wetland, heaven for the eco-tourist and an interesting destination for those who love the outdoors and nature.
Be adventurous on trying Terengganu popular local delicacies, there are all kinds of food to satisfy all tastebuds and be sure to get your hands on its seafood as Merang is known to be seafood paradise.
Before you head home, don’t miss out to purchase the intricate handicraft and souvenir made by the locals for you to bring back to your hometown.
ēRYAbySURIA Merang is a fitting summation of Terengganu and lets you experience timeless beach escapism that will appeal to all of your senses be it with you family, loved ones or friends with its charms.