Saturday October 13, 2012
After Razak, Najib is next PM to visit Kudat
By MUGUNTAN VANAR
KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's visit to Sabah's northern Kudat district tomorrow will be the first in over three decades by a Prime Minister.
The last to visit the one-time bustling coastal fishing town was Najib's father Tun Abdul Razak in the 1970s after which his successors did visit the district, but not Sabah's oldest town.
The hometown of one of Sabah's founding fathers Tun Mustapha Datu Harun has been picked as venue for the Sabah-level Jejalah Janji Ditepati programme's launch.
Najib will officiate the event during his two-day visit to the state beginning today.
“Najib will take a walk to the town's oldest street Jalan Lo Thien Chock and will have tea with the older folks at a coffee shop after he arrives,” said Tanjung Kapor assemblyman Datuk Teoh Chee Kang.
“The people are very excited about his arrival,” he said. “I guess its because it has been a long time since a Prime Minister has come here,” said Teoh, adding that they expected about 40,000 to turn up.
Kudat, about 200km from this city, was the first administrative capital of the British North Borneo Chartered Company and the scenic Tip of Borneo draws large numbers of tourist annually.
Kudat has a mix of ethnic groups that includes Rungus, Bajau and the Dusun and Chinese, among others.
Najib is scheduled to head into the Kadazandusun gateway of Penampang today, where he will launch the new Inobong bridge and perform the ground-breaking ceremony for a Native Court Training Institute.
He will then head for Kundasang where he will meet community leaders in the evening.
Tomorrow morning, Najib will flag off the Mount Kinabalu Climbathon before going to Kudat.