Sunday, December 20, 2009

Proposal for Maliau to be Heritage Site

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah will stand to gain if Maliau Basin, also known as "The Lost World," near Tawau gets to become the second World Heritage Site in the State.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun, said he will bring up the idea to the State Cabinet or Yayasan Sabah Group, which is currently responsible for this area, to get their response.

"It is a suggestion worth taking into consideration. It is because of the uniqueness of Maliau Basin as well as Danum Valley, which has become a world famous centre for research and where many scholars have benefited from," he said.

"Ultimately Maliau Basin is still under a concession area belonging to Yayasan Sabah and gazetted as a protected area," he told reporters after he officiated at the official opening of Mai Yai Thai Orchid Restaurant at the Water Front, here, Saturday.

"Of course it will be a good thing for Sabah if Maliau Basin can become a World Heritage Site," he said.

Mount Kinabalu in Kundasang, Ranau, which was declared a World Heritage Site, is also the first in the country.

"We will liaise with Yayasan Sabah and at the same time would like to know what are the qualifications for forests to be eligible for consideration as a World Heritage Site. It is not as simple as that because there are qualifications which need to be satisfied," he said.

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