Tungku Beach’s future uncertain
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE fate of Tungku Beach remains unclear in the wake of a recent Legislative Council (LegCo) meeting.
During Tuesday’s meeting of the 12th Legislative Council session, LegCo member Yang Berhormat Hj Tahamit Hj Nudin suggested the need for Tungku Beach to be provided with facilities such as a parking area, rest huts, stalls, toilets and play areas to make it look more organised.
In his reply, however, Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Abdullah noted that Tungku Beach isn’t a public area under the supervision of the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) and is actually land privately owned by the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA).
Recreational and small business activities at Tungku Beach were being temporarily permitted and may be halted in the future as BIA has plans for the area, he said, without elaborating.
Rubbish bins were recently installed along the beach, with a private company contracted to manage its cleanliness.
The public toilets at the beach were also given a ground-up renovation after the old toilets were demolished.
Meanwhile, LegCo member Yang Berhormat Hj Sulaiman Hj Ahad brought up on Tuesday that Batang Duri Park has been closed to the public for more than four years.
He said the park is a tourist attraction for locals and foreigners and a sufficient budget should be allocated to make it more attractive. He also enquired about the status of repair work at the park and why it was still not open to the public.
He said the park should be upgraded and that its management should be privatised to develop the Public Private Partnership Programme in Temburong District.
In response, YB Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin said JASTRe is still in discussions with stakeholder agencies to evaluate the suitability and viability of developing the park as a Private-Public Partnership in an initiative to support the nation’s economic growth, particularly in the tourism industry.
The Brunei Times