Saturday, March 17, 2007

'Minimum development' in Sipadan

PULAU SIPADAN: Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat said he wanted to see "minimum development" and restoration of a long beach front here.

"I want minimum cutting (of trees), if possible, no cutting and buildings pushed well behind the beach," he said during an official visit to the island, Friday, to identify sites for the Federal-funded 'Proposed Development of Quarters for the Army, Police, Park Rangers, Resting Facilities and Toilets' for divers.

His entourage included the Ministry's Permanent Secretary Datuk Monica Chia, top-notch Sabah Parks officers, CEOs of diving resorts and senior officers from the National Security Department in the Prime Minister's Department.

"Overall, I don't want structures along the beach," said Chong, citing erosion and loss of aesthetic values they caused.

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