By : AMDE SIDIK
SIPITANG looks set to welcome it's honorable guest- Prime Minister, Dato Seri Najib Tun Abd Razak on 30 of July in conjunction with Sipitang's Gasing and Tamu Besar also known as Gata a Biennial Feastivity since 2003
This is the first ever visit by Prime Minister, none of our previous Prime Ministers had visited Sipitang.
Sipitang the durian town of Sabah is also the gateway for people from Sarawak and Brunei to visit Sabah situated about 8 kilometers from Sabah and Sarawak border.
The Prime Minister is expected to officiate a RM10 million Sipitang esplanade .
He would be in Sipitang town by noon traveling from Tenom via a new high road which take less than 2 hours driving from Tenom.
Sipitang has about 30,000 people. About 60% of Sipitang population is made of Kadayan community, 30% is Lundayeh and Murut and the rest are including Brunai, Chinese and others for 10%.
The main employment provider, a paper and pulp factory also called the Sabah Forest Industry which was set up during Berjaya government in the 70s but sold to an Indian company in year 2005.
Sipitang is a coastal town situated at Brunei Bay, historically had abandon of fish and marine life but now all are dilapidated rapidly. The dramatic reduction of quality of marine life is suspected due to the toxic disposal from SFI to the sea.
A question was asked by our Malaysian writer who happens to be Sipitang born some years ago which infuriated the then SFI Public Relation Officer at that time
Sipitang has changed from all wooden buildings to now of mostly made of concrete. But like any other tows in the state, the design and planning of the town is typically done haphazardly which will take many more years to meet European standard, if Kota Kinabalu can't that wouldn't be a surprise to see Sipitang.
Sipitang may change the composition in future this was highlighted recently in local media with regards to the increase number of foreigners buying local Native Title Land by dubious means, the most common modes operandi is by the used of local proxy.
The case in hand, an eleven acres of land in Kg Ulu Naparan bought by forty foreigners, raised up fund of RM280,000 they used one Kadayan on their behalf, allotted one lot for him as an enticement to build a house.
The Kadayan and Brunaian alike at the surrounding areas are furious of dare the Kadayan take advantage of the situation which some local leaders is still at the investigating stage to bring the matter to higher up authority.
Sipitang town may look pretty for a short while, others argue it wouldn't carter to provide employment which the district is in the dire needs. A half million ringgits cost to build an arch erected a donation by Sabah Land Development is very questionable way of spending public money. A part from badly design and creates unnecessarily congestion long before it should.
Hopefully, Datuk Seri Najib will going to endorse some allocation for Sipitang after he seen the place himself. Im sure that Sipiting need some fund to fix or improve their prasarana..ReplyDelete
pasti penduduk Sipitang telah melakukan persediaan rapi untuk menyambut kedatangan PM.ReplyDelete
harap kedatangan najib ke Sipitang akan dpt mebmawa lebih byk perubahan yang baik kepada Sipitang dan pada masa yang sama ia dpt memeriahkan pasta GATA yang akan diadakan pada 1-3 julai 2011.ReplyDelete
Sipitang masih perlu dibangunkan lagi. peluang-peluang pekerjaan juga diperlukan oleh para penduduk di sini. diharap PM boleh melakukan sesuatu untuk penduduk Sipitang ini.ReplyDelete
May Najib's visit will give a positive change.ReplyDelete
Hope PM will see about the development of Sipitang, Sabah. Look and see what should to do??That more development needed for this district?ReplyDelete
Ini akan menjadi sejarah bagi rakyat Sabah terutama yang berada di Sepitang. Semoga dengan kedatangan Najib akan memberikan lagi banyak pembangunan di Sabah.ReplyDelete
Saya dapat rasakan akan ada banyak pembangunan yang akan berlaku disekitar Sabah. Kita harapkan yang terbaik untuk Sabah.ReplyDelete
Lawatan yang sememangnya diharapkan :)ReplyDelete
Semoga ia membuahkan hasil yang positif.ReplyDelete
Hope that the PM will do his best to help the people.ReplyDelete
make your trip to Sipitang meaningful for the people in Sipitang by bringing a big improvement and development.ReplyDelete