Putatan an ideal satellite town: MP
Published on: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Putatan: The district's location is a plus point for it to be turned into a satellite town, said Putatan MP Awang Husaini Datuk Sahari.He said the idea has been playing in his mind ever since he was elected as Putatan Member of Parliament.

"Visitors from all over the world will stop by Putatan first before heading towards other locations in Sabah as the international airport is located here.

"Once the Pan Borneo Highway project is completed, visitors from Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam will pass through the district before reaching the main city area," he said during a courtesy call by State Muafakat Komuniti Malaysia (MKM) Chairman Tahir Mat Soon.

"The features of a satellite town can also be seen as many hotels have been set up in Putatan.

"The main focus now is on how we want to obtain the actual status of satellite town." Kota Kinabalu City, he said, is too dense and could no longer cater to the influx of tourists.

"Putatan is the main supporting town which is most suitable as it has sufficient amenities.

"I will work hard to ensure Putatan will gain the satellite town status. There will be programmes to equip the town and this effort needs the cooperation of all quarters like non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

"In any programme, NGOs play a complementing role, such as in tourism where we need town cleanliness-centric organisations to help create a healthy satellite town just like in Europe.

"For hotels, we also have NGOs which will promote tourism as well as NGOs for transportation to ensure taxi and bus drivers will provide their best service," he said.

MKM is a voluntary body set up by the Information Department to instil the spirit of unity to materialise the aspiration of the Rukun Negara.

He said since its establishment, the Information Department functions as a bridge between the Government and the people, especially in providing explanations on government policies.

Meanwhile, Tahir said he was tasked to take care of all 151 MKMs throughout the State. "As the chairman, I am responsible for all programmes planned by the Information Department where we disseminate information from the Government to the community through these activities.

"MKM must also be mobilised consistently so that the new government will achieve its objectives," he said.

Also present were district information officer Hayati Yakob and State MKM coordinator Mohd Firdaus Ali Ahmad.


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