Plan to turn Sabah’s Oceanus into tourism mall

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – The management of Oceanus Waterfront Mall is mulling over a plan to turn the mall into a tourism mall.

Its chairman Datuk CK Tan said there are various plans afoot to realise the vision with more tenants and programmes to attract crowds to the mall.

“The mall still has a bright future, but we (tenants) need to work together through a strategic partnership,” he said at Sabah’s largest yee sang tossing ceremony at the mall in conjunction with Chinese New Year yesterday.

He said the sea frontage of the mall will be turned into an international standard tourist sunset bar, fully equipped with facilities for a variety of performances.

Tan expressed optimism that despite the uphill task the mall management is facing now, the various issues would eventually be resolved amicably.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew and Oceanus Waterfront Mall chairman Datuk CK Tan toss yee sang during a Chinese New Year celebration. – BERNAMA

“We are fully aware of the loss amounting to millions incurred by tenants over the years, but that is not the end, as we are moving towards the recovery or reviving the mall into a profitable and must-visit mall,” he said.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew said the plan would attract more tourists to the state.

“The mall is strategically located with a sea view, but despite having past issues, the building is nice as it is very difficult to find a mall facing the sea,” she said after attending the ceremony.

However, she said the mall management must not make it a rule or policy to push tourists to buy things at the mall, as they should be free to go anywhere and buy anything they like.

Liew stressed her ministry is looking forward to working closely and strengthening ties with tourism industry players to further boost the state’s tourism industry.