TAWAU -- The existence of the mysterious Maliau Basin, located in the south of Sabah's central region, only came to light in 1947 when a pilot almost crashed the light aircraft he was flying, into a steep slope in that area.
Since then, numerous attempts have been made to venture into this thickly-forested and mist-shrouded area but all proved futile.
But in 1981, a group of surveyors from the Sabah Foundation, flying in a helicopter, managed to venture into this basin.
About 58,840 hectares wide, the Malau basin is shaped like a huge volcanic crater.
Situated 40 km north of the Sabah-Kalimantan border, the basin has its own eco-system as well as various biological life form found nowhere else in the world.
As there is no evidence that "treasure-seekers" had ventured into this area, the basin is still free from mankind's destructive intrusions.
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