No concrete buildings on Sipadan Island

KOTA KINABALU — No concrete buildings will be built on Sipadan island which is one of the world’s top diving spot, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman promised Friday.

He said only divers’ resting facilities, Sabah Park staff quarters and sewerage system would likely be constructed on the island.

He added that the cabinet would only approve the construction of those facilities if they conformed to the recommendations of the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI).

“The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment is still conducting a study on the viability of these projects,” he said.

Recently, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi angrily told the Sabah government to “lay off” Sipadan island, saying no major infrastructure development should be carried out there.

Source: BERNAMA, 29 July 2006