Sabah introduces new attraction

THE SITE OF MAGELLAN’S 42-day stop-over has become Sabah’s latest tourist attraction. The bronze inscription reads:  The tip of Borneo.  Standing on the cliff’s edge, and seeing as far as your eyes can see, a panoramic view of the sunset beckons.

But in a long bygone era, when explorers sailed round the world discovering new lands to conquer, Magellan sailed not only passed through on his voyage of the East but was said to have stopped for 42 days to repair his ship.
 
At its unveiling this week as Malaysia’s latest tourist attraction in the state of Sabah, Tourism Minister Chong Kah Kiat said: “I am confident this place where we are standing now will become as popular as the other destinations in the world. We hope this geographical and historical landmark will be as famous as the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Cape Horn in South America and even Key West, Florida in the United States.”
 
Situated 30 km from the northern town of Marudu, on the island of Borneo, the state-funded project overlooks Marudu Bay, where South China Sea meets Sulu Sea. There are three lookout points strategically built for tourists to view the scenic beauty. The government plans to legislate it as a national landmark.
 
The state’s chief minister added: “The fact that it is situated  in the heartland of the Rungus community, the government hopes it will bring in a good number of tourists, which will also lift the economy of the  community in the scenic Tanjung Simpang Mengayau area. The community should take advantage of the landmark by providing home-stay services, make handicraft and local delicacies for sale to tourists.”
 
Sabah state has seen an increase of 60 percent tourist arrivals so far this year.

eTN Malaysia
author: Y. Sulaiman

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