Thursday, March 31, 2016

10 Sabah tourist spots to be gazetted National Heritage Sites


KINABATANGAN: Ten tourist spots in Sabah will be gazetted National Heritage Sites.

They are Batu Tulug Agop Archaeological Site Kinabatangan, Kinabalu National Park, Bukit Tengkorak Archaeological Park Semporna, Marine Park Pulau Sipadan, Maliau Basin, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Turtle Island Park and Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

Disclosing this, Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said these sites would be gazetted under the National Heritage Act 2005 as it was important to preserve such places of interest.

“To date, 12 Sabah heritages involving games, clothings, traditional food and dances have been gazetted as national heritage,” he said during a visit to Batu Tulug Agop Archaeological Site near here yesterday.

He added that recognition of these 10 sites was important before they could be nominated as World Heritage Sites under UNESCO.

Mohamed Nazri also said his ministry, through the National Heritage Department and the Sabah State government via the Sabah Parks, is in the midst of evaluating Danum Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon which have the potential for nomination as World Heritage Sites.

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