Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Sabah Govt mulls allowing only day trips to islands

Kota Kinabalu: The State Government is toying with the idea of allowing only day trips to the islands as a means of ensuring their pristine beauty, State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said.

He said a special committee has been formed under the chairmanship of his Assistant, Datuk Karim Bujang, to draft a policy on the development of islands for the consideration of the Cabinet.

"The committee is looking into this with a view to formulating a policy recommendation and, if need be, we will table it in the State Cabinet. This policy will be made a guideline in future development of all the islands off Sabah.

"We should be looking into the possibility of day trips. In other words, there will be no permanent structures, except some rest areas, on our islands. I believe this is a better way of protecting our islands," he said, after attending the signing of documents between Sabah Wildlife Department, Cardiff University and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to establish a RM3-million field centre in Danau Girang on the lower Kinabatangan wildlife sanctuary.

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