KOTA KINABALU: A long awaited township on the Sabah and Sarawak border is beginning to take shape.
Sabah has begun preparations to develop a 68ha land for commercial purposes in Sindumin that borders Lawas in Sarawak.
Local Government and Housing Minister, Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the construction of shoplots, shophouses and other facilities which were being carried out in phases would spur economic and social growth in the area.
“This will benefit the people living on both sides of the border and bring development to the community,” he said.
Hajiji said the project under the Sabah Housing and Town Development Authority (LPPB) was being developed with other government agencies, including the Sabah Economic Development Corporation (Sedco).
“I was informed that for a start, Sedco through its subsidiary Milek Perkasa has built six single-storey shophouses under Phase 1,” he said.
Another 12 units of double-storey shophouses will be built under Phase 2 later, he added.
Hajiji said Sedco is also expected to built a R&R (Rest and Recreation) area next to its shophouses which is strategically located beside the Pan-Borneo Highway.
Apart from preparing the site and basic infrastructure, LPPB would also build 40 two-storey commercial units at a later stage.
“Sindumin will have all the facilities that a new township is expected to have,” Hajiji said, adding that apart from shophouses, there will also be recreational facilities.
Various government departments and agencies are also expected to set up office in the area.
The development of the Sindumin New Township began as part of the Sahabat New Township at the Sabah-Sarawak border involving border town, Merapok.
The Memorandum of Understanding on the development of the township was signed in 1981.
However, the idea was later changed to the “Twin Town” concept with each state government developing their own border town but with shared common facilities.
It is learnt that the Sarawak government has plans to develop a “New Service Centre” at Merapok but existing facilities like schools, clinic, mosque, PIQ (Police, Immigration and Quarantine) centre and other relevant structures would be retained.