Friday, May 16, 2008


Projects: Adhere to by-laws, says CM


Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has urged all the local authorities, including the Kota Kinabalu City Hall, to closely monitor the implementation of every development project in their respective areas. He said this is to ensure that the projects are carried out in compliance with regulations and procedures so as not to create unnecessary setbacks later on. “While we want progress and development for the City, you play a very important role in ensuring that all regulations and by-laws are strictly adhered to by all parties concerned, particularly when new developments are concerned,” said Musa at the launch of City Hall’s book entitled “Our City Kota Kinabalu -The Man at the Helm” here yesterday. The full colour hardback 10- chapter book was written by Rosie Inus Molukun, the Mayor’s Press Officer cum Administration Officer in the Mayor’s office. Musa, who was represented by his Assistant Minister Datuk Edward Khoo, said the rapid pace of development over the last eight years since Kota Kinabalu was elevated to City status, has created conditions different from that in the past. He noted that the changes in the City were so noticed, especially in the booming commercial development areas that it could be difficult to keep an overview of how all these changes have transformed the State Capital. As a young City, Kota Kinabalu would continue to develop and that City dwellers should be proud to see that it has continued to progress, especially in terms of socio-economic development. “The publication of this book is also timely, as it is in line with the development agenda of the Sabah Development Corridor. “The State Government will continue to assist Kota Kinabalu City Hall to ensure that the City will continue to progress and develop in tandem with its status as one of the rapidly growing Cities in this region,” Musa assured. Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim said the book among other things detailed about the history of Kota Kinabalu, the City as a tourist destination and its agenda on cleanliness, beautification and safety and development plans for the City. He said the City Hall has previously published two books, namely “Kota Kinabalu - Laying the Foundation for a Great City of the Future” in 2005 and the “1st Mayor of Kota Kinabalu City” in 2006.