Friday, October 09, 2009

Remote town Kiulu located near Crocker Range fast developing

TAMPARULI: Kiulu, which was once a small remote town located close to the virgin jungles near the Crocker Range, is now witnessing rapid development.The rows of old wooden shophouses has been long replaced by new and modern buildings.

Even the SMK Tun Fuad Stephens Kiulu building that once had zinc roofs and wooden walls has been replaced with concrete building.

In fact, Kiulu located at the Tuaran district is undergoing positive transformation in all aspects including public amenities that has greatly benefited its 20,000 residents.

Other than this, the Sungai Kiulu that flows nearby is increasingly gaining attention as an interesting tourist destination in Sabah not only because of its crystal clear waters but also because of its rapids that make it suitable for extreme sports activities.

Each year the Kiulu 4M Challenge event is held here with the participants from within and throughout the state converging to either watch or participate in activities like running, bamboo rafting, swimming with bamboo and walking with bamboo stilts.

Due to the encouraging response, the Sabah state government has listed the event in the state tourism calendar that puts Kiulu in the world tourism map.

“I have noticed a lot of changes in Kiulu, after Sabah gained independence through Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963. For example since the last five years many roads have been upgraded and many villages have been enjoying electricity,” noted Kiulu state assemblyman Datuk Louis Rampas to Bernama, here.

Louis pointed out that the government spent more than RM50 million to upgrade or to tar the road from Tomis (near Nabalu town) to Lokos and the Pukak-Mantob road under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

This does not include at least the 10 recently completed or upgraded village roads including the Bongol-Parad road and several suspension bridges across rivers.

“If all goes well both the Tomis-Lokos and the Pukak-Mantob roads are expected to be ready soon, making life easier for the villagers and boosting further the economic activities,” he said.

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