Ministry to look into causes and plans following loss of Tusan Beach iconic landmark

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Feb 22: Sarawak Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin has assured that his ministry will conduct an in-depth investigation on the actual cause of the collapse of Tusan Beach’s most iconic natural feature, the ‘horse drinking water’ cliff.

Lee in his posting on a Facebook page wrote that investigation would be carried out as soon as possible and they will look into the possibility of rebuilding it.

“22.2.2020 is a very sad day for Miri, one of the jewels of Miri’s tourist attractions is gone, the “horse drinking water” feature at Tusan Beach was reported to have collapsed,” Lee wrote.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting has described today as a “sad and dark day” for Mirians as the cliff was a big tourist draw for Miri.

“The rock formation was very close and dear to us, especially those villagers surrounding this area, and I would propose to my ministry to build a replica resembling the cliff at the same location,” he said.

While he acknowledged that it could never replace the real thing, he wanted to commemorate the natural treasure which was much appreciated by Mirians and tourists alike.

Ting had rushed to the scene on Saturday morning, after he was notified by friends from the media.

“I was shocked when I received the news (on the collapsed cliff), , but sadly, it really happened, and it was very sad to see our iconic nature features is no more,” he said arriving at Tusan Beach around 11.45am today.

They have yet to confirm the exact cause of the collapse, but it was noted that on Thursday night when the formation was believed to have crumbled, that there were strong winds as well as high tide.

Last year, the state government had allocated RM6 million for the upgrading work of Tusan Beach, which would include the construction of a food court building and some recreational facilities.

The upgrading works are expected to complete within one year of construction.

With the collapse of Tusan Beach’s iconic landmark, many vendors may be wondering how this development will affect future tourism prospects. —DayakDaily

Pointing at a vacant space where the iconic landmark used to be.