KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Bumiputra Farmers and Stockbreeders Association (PETANAH) lauded and expressed full support for the construction of the new Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) in Tuaran, as it has received positive feedback from various organisations.
PETANAH president Gaibin Ransoi said the association hails the proposal, citing Tuaran’s strategic location near Kota Kinabalu and its accessibility to popular tourist destinations such as Kinabalu National Park and the Orang Utan Conservation Centre in Sepilok, Sandakan.
“PETANAH believes that the existing international airport in Tanjung Aru may not be able to handle the increasing number of tourists in the future, making the construction of a new airport in Tuaran a necessary development,” he said in a statement here today.
Additionally, he said Tuaran’s progress in terms of housing development and the fact that Sabah’s Chief Minister hails from the district further support the idea of establishing an airport in the area.
Prior to this, the Sabah Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Association president, Prof. Datuk Foo Ngee Kee, described the selection of Tuaran as an additional location for the airport as timely and advantageous.