Thursday, November 01, 2012

Tuaran-Kota Marudu-Kudat Road Will Boost Northern Sabah Tourism

The proposed Tuaran-Kota Marudu-Kudat coastal road will bring tremendous economic transformation and development to northern Sabah, especially in the tourism and services industries, says Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri.

"A lot of benefits will come to the people in the areas concerned in terms of greater accessibility, improved travel times and job opportunities, especially in the tourism industry since Kudat is also located at the northernmost tip of Borneo," he told Bernama Thursday.

Rahim, who is also the member of Parliament for Kudat, said the proposed coastal road would make the area, which is known for its white sandy beaches and clear sea water, more accessible to tourists, especially foreigners, who love the natural scenic attractions available in Sabah.

"More tourists would mean having more investments in hotels and more jobs," he said, adding that a number of hoteliers had been scouting around Kudat to build four-star and even five-star hotels.

The Tuaran-Kota Marudu-Kudat coastal road was recently proposed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when he visited Kudat during the Promises Fulfilled Tour.

Najib also proposed that a Customs, Immigration and Quarantine centre be set up in Kudat since the district, which bordered Palawan Island in the southern Philippines, was a northern entry point into Sabah.