Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Tallest tree and other Merotai attractions

Kota Kinabalu: Merotai has the potential to become the next tourism destination given the many untapped tourism products in the constituency.

Its Assemblyman, Pang Yuk Ming said it is his aim to turn this dream into reality to also bring income for the people in the locality.

"It is my aim to see Merotai in particular and Tawau in general be developed as a main tourism attraction (in Sabah)," he said.

Among the products he said, were the tallest tropical tree in world at 88.34 metres, waterfalls, hot spring, unique fauna such as pygmy elephants and proboscis monkeys.

He is in the middle of setting up a Wildlife Conservation Centre in Merotai that would become a sanctuary for pygmy elephants whose habitats are being eroded due to timber felling and oil palm planting.

Based on a WWF study in 2003, Pang said the number of pygmy elephants in the wilds is only about 1,000. He said the unique culture of the people in Merotai could also be promoted as a tourism attraction and hoped the Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry and Federal agencies would assist him in the endeavour.

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