Tambunan The Most Developed District In The Interior Due To Pairin

TAMBUNAN: This district in the Keningau floodplain, is one of the most developed remote areas in Sabah, according to Dr Maximus Ongkili, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister.

Paying tribute to Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Ongkili in a statement Sunday said the long-serving incumbent assemblyman, has done well to develop Tambunan to the way it is today.

Joseph Pairin and his Parti Bersatu Sabah successor, Dr Maximus Ongkili, being greeted by well-wishers upon arrival at Kampung Kirokot on Saturday. – Photo credit Sandra Sokial/KeTTHA

In the area of infrastructure development, Tambunan has all that are enjoyed by bigger and more urban districts such as roads, as well as water and electricity supply, he said over the weekend.

“Almost the whole of Tambunan has sufficient clean water and electricity supply, and nearly all the remote villages are connected to the trunk road, of which 50 per cent are sealed.

“The people should be appreciative and thankful because their level of infrastructure is not only high in quality but reach as well,” said Ongkili, who is also the Parti Bersatu Sabah acting president and Kota Marudu Member of Parliament.

He said the vast development was expected since Pairin, who is also the Keningau Member of Parliament, was a former Chief Minister and is currently the Deputy Chief Minister who also holds the Infrastructure Development ministerial portfolio.

As a parliamentarian, Pairin was also able to plan and developed infrastructure in other constituencies like Bingkor and Liawan.

Tambunan has almost everything, from agriculture, with dominant paddy and rubber plantations and emerging oil palm sector, to well-developed infrastructure.

“The challenge, however, now for Tambunan is the question ‘where do we go from here,” Ongkili asked during the Barisan Nasional/PBS Election Machinery Briefing and Kampung Kirokot Raya do.

“For now Tambunan is just a passing-through district, but efforts are being undertaken and it is on the right path to be developed as a major eco-tourism destination.”

Ongkili noted that all it requires is careful planning and cooperation, as well as synergy from the government, private sector and the community at large.

“There are good signs of a stronger community participation, and I have no doubt Tambunan will progress to greater heights in the future,” he said.