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'Facilities, amenities should be improved'
Published on: Sunday, July 22, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sufficient facilities and amenities should be provided or improved if the move to Terminal 2 by AirAsia should materialise, said State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Christina Liew.

Liew reiterated that the move is welcomed if it means encouraging more tourist arrivals in Sabah to boost the State's economy, particularly in tourism. But it needs to be carried out in a proper way by preparing the necessity for the comfort of consumers or passengers.

"The facilities and amenities will have to be provided by them. You can't just open it as now.

"I understand the perspective from the public worrying about lack of facilities," she said after officiating the Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School Administration Building, known as the Tree Cube, Saturday.

On Thursday, AirAsia CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the airline is in talks with the State Government on transferring its operations back to Terminal 2, a move he says would bring in nine million tourists to Sabah by 2022 and create up to 30,000 jobs.

He said if the State Government agreed, the move could be anywhere within three and six months because the facilities at Terminal 2 are still in perfect condition but wasting away.

He also said that the low-cost airline was never in favour of moving to Kota Kinabalu International Airport Terminal 1 in December 2015 following the closure of Terminal 2.

Meanwhile, Liew said the Government would give continuous support to schools and not take lightly of the education development as it is vital to produce high calibre graduates that would be able to contribute to the nation's development.

She said it is also vital for schools to provide necessary improvements as the education quality of a school is not only defined through the academic achievements but also through the facility developments.

"I congratulate the Tshung Tsin Secondary School management team for their commitment in implementing the necessary and their concern about students needs.

"This has been proven when the school provided infrastructure such as closed court, race track, hostels and administration building that is equipped with social hub facilities."

Liew commended the efforts carried out by the school to be able to reach achievement which is in line with the State Government's goal in developing education in Sabah by producing a conducive environment which is comfortable for learning process as well as curriculum activities.

Tshung Tsin Secondary School unveiled its new administration building known as the Tree Cube which comprise three storeys that not only house but also optimises the teaching and learning environment.

The Tree Cube provides teachers and administrative staff as well as students a quiet and elegant place to work, learn and to socialise as it has spaces where students could carry out discussions and at the same time staffs and teachers carrying out their work.

Also present were Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob, Health and People's Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wong, Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin, Likas Assemblyman and Inanam Assemblyman Kenny Chua, among others. - Jeremy S Zabala

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