State govt approves RM6m to upgrade Tusan Beach


By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Feb 20: The well-known Tusan Beach in Bekenu will have a proper food court, buskers’ plaza, carpark, pedestrian pathways, gazebo and other facilities soon.

This follows an allocation of RM6 million by the state government to upgrade the beach, which is famous for the ‘Blue Tears’ phenomena and the iconic ‘Drinking Horse’ cliff.


Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin told reporters covering his visit to the beach this morning that priority attention would be given to the erosion problem facing the ‘Drinking Horse’ cliff.

“The section around ‘Drinking Horse’ will be our priority before proceeding to upgrade the whole area, which will include facilities such as food court, busker’s plaza, a gazebo, etc.

“We will build a wave breaker around the ‘Drinking Horse’ cliff to address soil erosion issues,” he said.

Lee added that the upgrading works had begun and were expected to be completed within a year.

Lee and Subis District Council officers taking a closer look at the beach’s cliff, which is facing an erosion problem.

Currently, Tusan Beach, which is 37km from the city, does have makeshift food stalls erected by the villagers themselves and public toilets.

Meanwhile, the beach also requires a walkway but funding it is not included in the RM6 million allocation.

“To build the walkway near the cliff, we need additional funding. I have asked PWD (Public Works Department) officers to study how much it will cost to build the walkway.” — DayakDaily