Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sarawak a hub in marine wildlife conservation

KUCHING: Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg hopes that Sarawak will one day be an example not only for the country but other countries in South East Asia as well in marine wildlife conservation.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, he commented that the state was doing all it could to make that happen, with a few steps having been implemented over the years and others still in the planning stage.

“Sarawak and its government have always been concerned when it comes to its wildlife. We are doing our best to conserve it and we hope that we will one day be good enough to set example for others as well,” he added.

Apart from that, he called on more Sarawakians, especially youngsters, to be involved in animal habitat and wildlife conservation activities.

Although the state is rich in wildlife diversity, Abang Johari said it did not mean that conservation activities should be neglected, pointing out that it is the duty of Sarawakians to conserve the state’s wildlife.

Malaysian-born international actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh brought a sigh of relief when she recently praised the efforts of the state government after seeing many youngsters (mainly university students) becoming volunteers at Talang Talang island, a site for sea turtle conservation in the state.

According to Abang Johari, being well known as an environmentalist and wildlife conservationist, Yeoh was there to see the turtles.