Kota Kinabalu, 13th October 2011:- Datuk Edward Ong, President of Sutera Harbour Resort today released a press statement in response to Datuk Yong Teck Lee’s statement in the local newspapers dated 12 October 2011. Read the statement here.
Datuk Ong expressed his regret over Datuk Yong’s claim for having introduced amendments to Sabah’s relevant laws to curb the Chief Minister’s powers over land, forest and mining matters in order “to prevent abuse by future CMs”.
Datuk Ong elaborated ‘Datuk Yong had made a similar statement in the local papers in 1996 pertaining to this matter when he was the Chief Minister to which I had publicly replied immediately. Datuk Yong was the then Chief Minister and he certainly had the authority to take the appropriate action if he felt that the alienation of the land was not above board.’
Datuk Edward Ong in his press statement to the media stated that the documents and previous press clippings of Datuk Yong’s claim are being made available for the media to obtain a copy.
The article explores the state of the golf industry in North Borneo (Sabah). The author made an interesting observation on this subject. You can read the excerpt below:
Most people’s perception of this island, slightly bigger than France or Texas, and sharing its borders with Brunei and Indonesia, is of inhospitable rain forest, first discovered by David Attenborough’s eye-popping TV adventures in the 1960s. Nothing could be further from the truth. The country has thriving, bustling communities serving tourism with great relish.
Wherever we travelled, English was widely spoken and understood and the courtesy offered us was exceptional. The weather was warm and humid, punctuated by short sharp showers at certain times of the day that you could almost set your watch by. So little problem in choosing your tee times.
It was surprising just how many golf clubs are within easy reach to our hotel (the Tanjung Aru Shangri-La) ten mins drive away from the airport. As well as Kota Kinabalu Golf Club, the Sutera Harbour, Sabah and Dalit Bay Golf and Country Clubs were comfortably accessible, along with Mount Kinabulu golf course in the shadow of the third highest peak (13,435 ft) in South East Asia, which bears its name.