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Lahad Datu should be upgraded to municipality - Datu Nasrun

LAHAD DATU: Lahad Datu, which is among the rapidly developing districts in Sabah, should be upgraded to a municipal council, from a district council currently, Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur, said Friday March 12.

She said such a move was necessary to ensure a more efficient management of the township in tandem with the rapid development in the district.

"The district council is gathering the necessary information and data to support its application for upgrading of the township. I have raised the matter to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and he agrees to it," he told reporters after presenting aid to students here.

Datu Nasrun, who is Lahad Datu assemblyman, said Lahad Datu would enjoy amore efficient and effective administration by upgrading it to a municipality as it would be able to make decisions faster.

It would also receive special allocation from the government, like that being enjoyed by Tawau and Sandakan, he added. According to Datu Nasrun, Lahad Datu has a population of about 308,000 people as of February last year and expected to grow to 500,000 people in another five or six years.

He attributed the rapid growth in population to the migration of residents from other districts to Lahad Datu for its economic activities and employment opportunities.-- Bernama
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