Kota Kinabalu: The State Government has designated the whole of Ulu Segama and Malua forest reserves covering an area of about 240,000ha for an orang-utan conservation programme.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun, said the move proved that the Sabah Government was committed to preserving the State's wildlife and forest.
He dismissed claims that orang-utan in the State were being threatened by the clearing of forests for the development of the oil palm sector.
"We don't kill orang-utan as the creatures are a very important component of our tourism industry. Killing the orang-utan is tantamount to killing our tourism industry. And we won't do that," Masidi said.
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