LABUAN — Jan. 18, 2018: The Labuan development blueprint 2030 that sets the direction for the holistic development of the duty-free island was launched today.
It is so designed for the total transformation of the island with focus on three major areas of economic, social and physical development.
When officiating the event, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the plan, which outlines various development projects that encompass coastal development right up to urban physical development, will see Labuan undergo an economic transformation.
“Efforts to diversify the island’s economic resources have to be planned otherwise Labuan may not be able to advance in tandem with other places.
“We owe it to the people of Labuan because, among other things, the island is a stronghold of the Barisan Nasional government,” he said.
One of the high-impact projects in the plan is the bridge linking Labuan to the Sabah mainland via Menumbok.
“Some people say it may not be viable in terms of the cost but the government does not just consider the rate of return. We want to see a holistic development because we cannot quantify,” he said.
Thus if the bridge could be a catalyst for the economic transformation of Labuan, the federal government will have no objection.
“If the bridge can spur economic activities, provide the people with access to and from the Sabah mainland and promote investment, then it will be useful to build it,” Bernama quoted him as saying.
Also a theme park will be built in Tanjongg Purun and a beachfront development will give rise to the Labuan esplanade.
Najib described today’s launch date as a meaningful day for Labuan residents as the plan would be a game changer in the history of the development of Labuan and a manifesto for the development of the island.