City Hall Eyes Local Expert To Clean Up Sembulan River

Liew, accompanied by Nordin, touring the Sembulan River Park.

KOTA KINABALU: City Hall will be engaging a local expert to clean up the Sembulan River as part of plans to transform the Sembulan River Park in the middle of the city into another tourist destination.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew who unveiled the plans said boom traps would also be installed at strategic spots to stop garbage from flowing into the river.

Sembulan River has over the years has gained notoriety for rubbish pollution.

She said the third-phase of the facelift project, which covers the banks of the Sembulan and Karamunsing Rivers, would be jointly implemented by the Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry and Kota Kinabalu City Hall.

Leong (third right) showing the Minister the location and design for the proposed boom traps.

“Efforts entail making the Sembulan River Park as one of Kota Kinabalu city’s prime recreation and entertainment precincts and branding the area as a ‘Must Visit’ place,” she said after a site inspection, accompanied by Mayor Nordin Siman, Tuesday.

“Towards this end, we will transform the park into a liveable area with a clean, safe and visitor-friendly environment. The proposed boat ride on the river will be yet another tourist attraction.

“Surrounding businesses will benefit from increased local and international patronage.”

Proposed improvements include a plaza with riverfront food and beverage kiosks as well as a night market, upgrading the existing stage for cultural performances, and building toilets for the convenience of tourists.

Liew stressing a point to Nordin during her tour of the Sembulan River Park.

Liew, who is also Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, said the Mayor would meet with the nearby hoteliers and local fishermen on the 30-minute boat ride services for tourists, starting from the jetty.

“We hope the hotels will promote the services by encouraging their guests to go for the boat ride. Ferrying tourists along the 1.6km Sembulan River route for sightseeing will be a side income for the fishermen,” she added.

During the visit Liew was briefed on the location and design for the boom traps by City Hall’s Solid Waste Management director, Leong Tze Fui.