Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mabul oceanarium: Land title only if all conditions are met

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Land and Survey Department will only issue a land title for the controversial oceanarium resort in the shallows of Mabul Island if all special conditions are complied with.

“If the public is worried, we are also worried,” said the department director Datuk Osman Jamal in stressing that for the first time numerous stringent conditions have been imposed for the Mabul oceanarium project proposed by local company Bina Ecosaba Sdn Bhd.

He said among the conditions imposed for the development of the project were that it should comply with environment regulations and be of low density in the eco-sensitive Mabul which is just nine nautical miles from the diving haven of Sipadan.

All relevant departments including environment, marine, fisheries, and drainage and irrigation will scrutinise the development plan before any green light is given for the project to begin, he said Wednesday.

The Land Utilisation Committee recommended the land application by the company for the 33ha of Mabul shallows in July last year and the state cabinet approved it based on a letter from the state’s Hasil Bumi unit in August this year.

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