Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Public programmes at Kinabalu Park closed until further notice

KOTA KINABALU: Public programmes at Kinabalu Park including the Video Presentation and Kinabalu Natural History Gallery will be temporarily closed to the public with immediate effect until further notice.

A statement from Sabah Parks said that the Canopy Walkway, Butterfly Farm, Kipungit Waterfall and Langanan Waterfall at Poring Hot Springs Station will also be closed to the public.

This comes following the announcement by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun that all climbing activities on Mount Kinabalu will be suspended for at least three weeks with immediate effect.

This is to enable the clearing of debris on the trail as well as repairing of the facilities at certain stop areas that were badly damaged in the earthquake on June 5.

Sabah Parks director Dr Jamili Nais said that those who have paid for their climbing permit will be refunded.

“The safety of the climbers is our top priority. Right now it is dangerous as some parts of the trails are unpassable. Some boulders are still loose and pose a danger to climbers,” he said adding that some of the mountain huts were damaged and need to be repaired.