KOTA KINABALU: The re-development of the city’s waterfront has now caught the eye of the state government, which intends to review the massive 2km project.
State Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai said they wanted a re-look of the project, which includes the construction of a hotel and shopping mall on a 1.24ha strip of sea front land.
Those who have voiced their concerns about the project include residents of nearby condominiums who feared that their view of the South China Sea and Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park islands would be blocked once the project, to be jointly undertaken by City Hall and a private developer, was completed.
Last week, Mayor Datuk Illiyas Ibrahim announced the revival of a 15-year-old plan to upgrade the city’s waterfront. It was initially given the nod by the state government on Dec 5.
Following complaints from the public, state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the authorities would “painstakingly” study all aspects of the project.