KOTA KINABALU: Time is running out for illegal resort and homestay operators at the east coast diving haven of Pulau Mabul near Semporna that are operating without a temporary occupation lease (TOL).
Authorities in the district will be taking action against operators who carry out their businesses illegally.
State Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Pang Yuk Ming said those operating without TOLs should stop expanding their premises.
“In fact they should apply for the TOL immediately,” he said when launching the World Turtle Day gathering at Pulau Bum Bum on Friday.
He said it was crucial for tourism operators to comply with regulations as the industry was an important economic activity for Semporna, with 10,000 visitors every month.