Guided tour of State Assembly to boost city tourism


KOTA KINABALU: Plans are afoot to enhance city tour with the inclusion of a visit to the State Assembly complex, according to State Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Panglima Salleh Tun Said.

Visitors will be taken on a guided tour of the premises, and this is part of the State Assembly’s transformation, Salleh said when launching the State Assembly’s official website yesterday.

He said a meeting with the relevant authorities will be held this Friday to discuss about the guided tour within the building, such as the areas allowed for public access.

They will also be looking at setting up a souvenir shop in the building, he said, adding that the tour idea has been brought to the attention of the state Cabinet which has given its approval.

Salleh said the service to be provided to visitors will be similar to that given in the United Nations and Malaysian Parliament.

“We hope more students will make use of this service so that they can learn about the state’s history,” he said.

On the newly launched website,, Salleh said it is aimed at enabling the public to access the State Assembly proceedings and obtain information about the state’s elected representatives.

So far the Hansard available on the website is only for the sittings in 2011 and 2012 but the State Assembly will be updating it all the way to 1961, he said.

This facility would be helpful for those doing research, he added.

Salleh said that as part of the transformation programme, the State Assembly is looking at having the Internet TV facilities so that the public can have access and view the debates.