Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sabah blessed with natural wonders, rich cultural heritage and friendliest people in Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah remains committed to protecting its diverse biodiversity, natural ecosystems through green conservation efforts and ecotourism, said Sabah Tourism Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun.

“While the State is undergoing rapid development, we also recognised the need to conserve the environment to protect Sabah’s rich biodiversity for future generations, he said, noting Sabah is richly blessed with natural wonders and rich cultural heritage which makes it an ideal destination for ecotourism.

Speaking at the welcoming dinner at the ASEAN Celebrity Explore Quest Malaysia on Sunday night, Masidi highlighted Sabah’s proud multicultural identity is the epitome of racial diversity and multi-religious harmony in the country.

“Sabah, being Malaysia’s second largest state is home to around 3.3 million people living together with harmony despite different cultures, religions and backgrounds,” he said.

The state is a melting pot where intermarriages are common and almost everyone having relatives-immediate or extended – of a different race, ethnicity or religion.

Masidi also added: “Sabahans are also recognised as the friendliest people in Malaysia, we pride ourselves in celebrating our differences which binds us together and don’t see ourselves according to race.”

About 85 ASEAN celebrities were warmly received at Pacific Sutera for the welcoming dinner before setting off to spend time together for three days filled with activities and challenges involving Malaysian culture, people, nature and food during their tour visiting attractions around Sabah, including Mari-Mari Cultural Village and white water rafting in Kiulu among others.

Participants joining this year’s programme include celebrities from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Brunei Darulsalam.