Noraiza Mohd Noor
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) fervently believes that Tanjung Aru beach should be preserved in its natural state as much as possible.
Its Tanjung Aru CLC Chairman, Noraiza Mohd Noor, said Tanjung Aru beach is a sanctuary for birds and a place where people go for family picnics or excursions on weekends.
This beach is a jewel closest to the hearts of locals that brings back nostalgia to Kota Kinabalu folks, she said in a statement today.
“With its beautiful sunsets, the iconic beach attracted both local and foreigh tourists,” said Noraiza, who is also a SAPP Supreme Councillor.
She said since the controversial Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) which started in 2017 but was put on hold, Tanjung Aru beach was left deserted and turned into a mini jungle.
“Residents are complaining that Tanjung Aru beach was losing its beauty and charm due to the future planned development.
“It is important for the Government as well as the people of Kota Kinabalu to work together to keep the park clean and maintain its beauty with Aru trees, fauna and flora.
“Recently, many birds were spotted migrating to Tanjung Aru beach such as the Krakatoa (Kakak tua) and hornbills.
“Prince Phillip Park used to be a vibrant place where many kinds of flora were planted. Some parts in the park were created into orchards,” she said.
Noraiza said SAPP has been supportive of environmentalists.
“Our President, Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee, was instrumental in approving the 24 hectares mangrove park (KK Wetlands) in Kota Kinabalu, when he was the Chief Minister in 1996,” she said.