|Page: Protecting Sipadan|
December 31, 2010
I WISH to applaud the Sabah State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun in taking a stance to maintain the 120 daily dive permits quota despite an increase in demand, “No extra permits for Sipadan” (The Star, Dec 29).
The move should be commended as it is aimed at preserving the environment in the long-term interest of both the environment and tourism.
What good does it hold for tourism if the environment is at stake?
For the sake of tourism revenue, let’s not damage “the richest marine biodiversity spot on earth” as endorsed by a 17-member team of top scientists recently.
We must look at Sipadan and its marine environs as our greatest and most precious assets, not just for us but for the world at large.
Remember just what the country went through to win Sipadan.
The Sabah state government was also right in taking similar measures for Mount Kinabalu, another of the country’s, Unesco World Heritage Sites.
It is good to limit the number of climbers who want to scale the highest mountain in Southeast Asia.
In doing so, the rich flora and fauna of Mt. Kinabalu are protected from the “ravages” of some tourists and climbers who don’t have a love for nature.
Sabah is so blessed with natural assets that are world-class, so it must put nature and environment as its first priority.
Source: The Star