New highway set to boost tourism in Kiulu, says Najib
Last update: 22/03/2018
TUARAN, March 22 (Bernama) -- Tourism in Sabah, particularly in Kiulu near here and the surrounding areas, is set to get a boost once the Telipok-Kiulu-Randagong Highway is opened, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said the highway, which would provide for safer and more comfortable travel as the people aspired for, would also serve as a catalyst for tourism development in Kiulu, which was known for its natural beauty.
"The focus of the state government on rural tourism under the guidance of Datuk Joniston Bangkuai as chairman of the Sabah Tourism Board is most apt.
"Even without this highway, Kiulu has been able to record about 53,000 tourist arrivals annually. I am confident the number of (annual) tourist arrivals will rise to over 100,000.
"This will help raise the income of the local people, what more when other amenities are also provided," he said while taking a closer look at the progress of the highway in Kampung Pukak, Kiulu, near here.
The construction of the 60-km road at a cost of RM288 million is expected to be completed by the end of March next year. Construction was currently at 65 per cent, ahead of schedule by 20 per cent.
The road links Telipok, Kiulu and Randagong in Ranau, and is set to have a major impact on rural development in Sabah, providing for easy, fast and comfortable road connectivity.
Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman; Science, Technology and Innovation Minister and Tuaran MP Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau; Sulaman state assemblyman Datuk Hajiji Noor; state Cabinet ministers and senior government officers were also present at the event.
Najib said the government under his leadership was committed to listening to the voice of the people and added that he was a prime minister who gave serious attention to Sabah and Sabahans.
In his speech, the Prime Minister offered to go on a raft ride in Sungai Kiulu if the Barisan Nasional won the Tuaran parliamentary seat and the three state seats within it in the next general election.
He said it was a special offer to the people of Kiulu and added that he was also interested in that recreational activity.
If I want to return to Kiulu, I wish to take a raft ride in the river. I ask all of you will support the BN for victory in the parliamentary and state constituencies here, he said to the applause of the thousands of people present at the event.