TAMBUNAN: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan yesterday opened the Tambunan Viewing Tower (or Pogimpaan Nuluhon Dandab costing RM500,000 in conjunction with the Visit Tambunan Year 2017.
The phase one and two of the tower were completed in December last year which enables the public especially tourists to see the beauty of Tambunan which is also known as ‘Switzerland of the east’.
The tower, designed in 2015, is the brainchild of Pairin who is also Infrastructure Development Minister, said Tambunan District Officer Thomas Logijin in an interview with the Borneo Post here yesterday.
He said the main objective of building the tower was to erect a landmark to promote Tambunan district as a tourist attraction in line with the Visit Tambunan Year 2017 (VTBN2017).
“It also aims to ensure that visitors could view 80 per cent of Tambunan Valley apart from enjoying the beauty of rice fields in this district.
“In addition to the comfort of clean and fresh air breeze from the Crocker Range and Mount Trus Madi we also see clearly the majestic Mount Kinabalu,” he said.
“The tower is also a leisurely recreation centre to visitors coming to this area.”
It took four months – August to December last year – to put up the tower which is sited on Trig hill at Kampung Dalungan here under the full supervision of the Tambunan District Office, he said
“The architect’s Impression Plan was originally issued by the Public Works Department in Kota Kinabalu but was redesigned by the Engineering Unit of Tambunan District Office.
“The architectural concept of the tower is based on the ‘Wakid’ and ‘Sigar’ as the roof of the tower (phase two). Materials used are iron and aluminum paint with golden colors such as green, yellow, gold and brown which reflects the bamboo color that Tambunan is famous for,” he said.
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