City needs a proper venue for outdoor concerts

KOTA KINABALU, May 6, 2018: The city needs a proper venue for outdoor concerts instead of allowing such loud events at the Likas Sports Complex car park, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) secretary-general Datuk Richard Yong said.

He said these concerts have been source of inconvenience for nearby housing area residents such as Taman Tuaran and Taman Orchid Villa.

“An outdoor concert loud music till midnight and people living around the Likas Sports Complex will have to put up with the loud music until then,” Richard said on Monday.

“This is just not fair to them,” said Richard who is the SAPP candidate for Likas.

He said as far as he knew, City Hall had banned loud outdoor concerts but still gave permits for such events to be held.

“A Gabungan Sabah-led state government would tackle this problem effectively by finding a suitable site for such events, somewhere that is not within the proximity of housing areas,” Richard added.

Meanwhile, Richard said a stinking problem in Likas appears to be on its way to being solved after it was highlighted by him recently.

He said workers have been seen repairing gates at the Likas flood mitigation pond that would allow stagnant drainage water to flow out into the sea.

“I am glad the authorities are being responsive to this problem which has been plaguing Likas residents for months,” said Richard.

Last week, Richard said the stench from the Likas flood mitigation pond had been plaguing residents nearby.

He said the stench was a cause of concern as it indicated that the water not only bacteria and germs but also toxic substances as well.

Richard had called on the authorities such the City Hall and the Drainage and Irrigation Department to immediately take measures to trace the sources of the sewerage and tackle the problem.