A mother and her child are pictured strolling along the Tanjung Aru Beach. — Picture by Saw Siow FengKOTA KINABALU, Jan 24 — Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman’s ambitions to follow in the footsteps of Singapore and Dubai has been criticised by DAP, which said that the rate of development the state is undergoing does not benefit most Sabahans.

Sabah DAP publicity secretary-cum-Luyang coordinator Phoong Jin Zhe said that if the chief minister wants to develop Sabah, especially Kota Kinabalu into beautiful international cities like Singapore and Dubai, he must put in more effort to make the city greener and open up more public space.

“If Musa Aman wants to have equal public space standard as Singapore, he needs to learn how Singapore respects green space and how Singapore advocate the spirit of public space,” he said, claiming that public spaces have diminished in the state capital in preference for luxury hotels.

Phoong said the biggest example was the controversial Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) which covers more than 300 hectares of land including a golf course which accounts for one third of the entire space but was not “public space”,

“Most of the citizens do not benefit from the development. Only a small number of rich people afford to pay and enjoy the facilities,” he said, drawing comparison with Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay with 101-hectare of mostly free public gardens.

He criticised the TAED for the misleading content of its “public spaces,” describing it as beneficial for a small percentage of “rich people” and not most of the citizens.

On the whole, he said that the Kota Kinabalu Blueprint for Local Development 2020 shows that only five per cent of the city was marked for sports and recreation.

“If you exclude sports facilities, the park and green space may only have less than two or three per cent,” he said.

“In comparison, Singapore provides 47 per cent of public space. Even for new development, the authorities will impose strict rules and regulations to ensure proper planning in terms of parks, sidewalks and public transport facilities,” he said, adding that Kota Kinabalu also lags far behind in terms of public buses and urban planning.

Comapared to Dubai, he said that the entire Dubai beach was open to the public while residents of Kota Kinabalu were worried about losing its Tanjung Aru beach to the development of more hotels.

Last week, Musa said he wanted to transform the Malaysian state into another Singapore or Dubai, using the flagship TAED, which he said would beautify and further transform the image of the state capital by constructing international standard hotels and various facilities in the city.

He said the federal government had allocated RM500 million for the project.

Fonte: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/prioritise-public-space-to-rival-singapore-dubai-dap-tells-sabah-cm

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