Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New cave discovery at Mulu National Park an Anglo-Malaysian effort

KUCHING: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) yesterday clarified that the recent discovery of a new cave in Gunong Mulu National Park was an Anglo-Malaysian undertaking.

Its chief executive officer, Wong Ting Chung, said in a press release yesterday that the expedition was the latest of a series of similar caving expeditions carried out since the Royal Geographical Society Expedition in 1977.

He added that true to convention, while the Chief Minister had honoured the discovery by announcing it to the world last Friday during SFC’s 12th anniversary dinner, the prerogative of naming the new cave belonged to the discovery team led by Andy Eavies.

Meanwhile, an SFC member of the expedition team, Rambli Ahmad, said the name ‘Conviction’ was selected for the new cave as the team members were utterly convinced that there was a major cave in the area of the search despite the lack of any indication that this would be so.

“As things turned out, there was a ‘superb world class’ cave just beyond a seemingly inconspicuous hole in the ground,” said Rambli.