KOTA BELUD: Andy Chua Hung Chu, 53, a native of Kampung Tombol here said he is happy about the developments taking place in his hometown.
One of the major infrastructure projects is the construction of a bypass road from Kota Belud to Kudat.
"The government has also built and upgraded the Tuaran-Kota Belud route.
“The good access roads had propelled economic development, creating more jobs and business opportunities for locals,” he said in rejecting claims by an opposition politician that Kota Belud was a “cowboy town.”
Chua said the construction of housing units through the People's Housing Programme (PPR) in Kampung Pirasan and Pulau Mantanani was also underway.
A total of 900 terrace houses would be built in Kampung Pirasan, while 100 units would be built in Pulau Mantanani.
Chua said the water problem was also being tackled with 10 groundwater pumps added as well as the placement of a mobile water treatment unit with the capacity of treating 3 million litres per day at Sungai Wario.
Mohd Mustazzar Bundah, 42, of Kampung Pirasan, said Kota Belud was now much better equipped with banking facilities, hotels, postal services, broadband coverage, hypermarkets and commercial buildings.
“Residents no longer need to travel to Kota Kinabalu which is an hour's drive away to meet their daily needs,” he said.
Kota Belud also had a tourist attraction in Pulau Mantanani, including scuba diving activities.
Mohd Mustazzar who works as a teacher at SMK Arshad here also said several new schools had been built in the district.
"SMK Taun Gusi II is a new secondary school here.
“In addition, the Timbang Menggaris Agricultural Training Centre has also been upgraded from issuing only certificates to diplomas as well.
"In addition, several secondary schools now have hostel facilities," he said.
Mirza Affendy Asah, 33, from Kampung Sorob Tambulion who is also the Kadamaian District Scout Commissioner, said human capital development among youth was prioritised with several skills and leadership programmes organised. — Bernama