Thursday, January 21

Authorities asked to protect Tusan’s natural attractions


Rosey (third right) and her entourage pose with various coastal rock formations.

MIRI: The authorities concerned have been asked to protect the natural attractions around Tusan Beach.

Assistant Minister of Welfare, Community Well-being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Rosey Yunus said many features such as coastal rock formations could easily be lost due to the erosion by waves and king tide.

She urged the Ministry of Tourism to preserve some of the features by constructing waves breakers to slow down the process of erosion, especially during the monsoon

“Our concern is to preserve these rock features and this is where the Ministry of Tourism (Arts and Culture) can help to come up with a plan to preserve them,” she told The Borneo Post yesterday after visiting coastal rock formations around Tusan Beach.

“While walking from Tusan Beach to see the lion’s head, we saw a few rock features reassembling a resting camel and an orang-utan along the way, which are really amazing and beautiful features.”

She also called on the authorities to speed up connecting the area with electricity and water supply to benefit tourists flocking to Tusan Beach every weekend with the discovery of the coastal rock formation resembling a lion’s head in profile.

Rosey urged local villagers to use the opportunity to open businesses here, while saying the new food court should give priorities to locals.

Sibuti member of parliament Lukanisman Awang Sauni said the stretch of beach offered many features that could be potential tourism attractions.

“With the new finding of rock features, the authorities concerned must take the initiative to build a proper staircase going down the cliff from Tusan Beach,” he said.

Lukanisman also called on the authorities to put up safety signs and directions for the convenience of visitors.

He said the programme to plant 100 million trees nationwide could be extended to Tusan Beach and suggested trees be planted along the cliff, ravine, and shoreline.

He added the collapse of the famed drinking horse coastal rock formation at Tusan early last year due to strong waves pounding the structure was a sad loss.








Mohamad Abdullah