Kudasang Resort unsafe must cease operations

Kota Kinabalu: Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun on Sunday said the operator of a resort in Kundasang must cease operations after it was found to be unsafe by the authorities.

He said several visitors checked into the resort about three days ago but moved out and stayed in another lodging elsewhere after knowing the precarious condition of the resort concerned.

He said the resort is sitting dangerously on a slope but its operator was adamant to continue operating business as usual.

"This should not happen because it just takes one fatal incident to wipe out the tourism industry there," he told reporters at the launching of Red Onion restaurant at Jalan Penampang By-pass.

Masidi also said if the highland resort do not cease operations, action would be taken against its operator.

Initial investigations showed many of the resorts or lodgings in Kundasang do not comply with the basic safety requirements.

To this, Masidi said the operators would be given until next year to comply, adding that a committee headed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry has been formed to look into the matter.

"If the operators still failed to adhere to the instructions then, the Government might consider not renewing their licences.

We cannot gamble with the people's lives," he said.

Nevertheless, the Karanaan Assembyman said it is futile if they only enjoy a one-off profit and then proceed to lose everything in one day.

He said the tourism industry operates in a very competitive environment and, thus, players who disregard any directive from the Government will have to be dealt with.

Masidi said he wanted the committee to identify hotels or motels in Kundasang that do not have the occupational certificate (OC).

"Do not wait for people to complain," he said.

On another issue, Masidi said while it is important to clear the "conflict" as to the actual age of the nation, more importantly, there is a need to determine what has been done in the last 48 years after the Federation of Malaysia was formed. The current generation, he said, should evaluate the performance of the Government of the day and resolve how to improve the lives of the people and that of the country.

If the people continued to dwell on the issue, he said they would lose sight of what is more important to the country.(Source: Daily Express- Sept 12' 2011)

Sunduvan.com: So the next time you go to Kundasang please choose where you are staying carefully. Many of the resorts in Kundasang are unsafe for visitors and must be avoided according to the Sabah Minister of Tourism Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun. I think this is a very good advice. The government should come out with the list of hotels and resorts that allowed to continue business operation for the visitors to choose from when they are visiting Kundasang.
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