Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sea turtle conservation in Sarawak may get Michelle Yeoh’s touch

KUCHING: Malaysian-born international actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh is keen to do an international-standard documentary about sea turtle conservation in Sarawak.

Sarawak Forestry Corporation deputy general manager (Protected areas and biodiversity conversation) Oswald Braken Tisen said the proposed documentary could be the first of its kind ever filmed in the state.

A private meeting on the matter was held at a local hotel here yesterday, and present were Yeoh, Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, his assistant ministers Datuk Gramong Juna and Datuk Talip Zulpilip, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Promotion of Technical Education) Datu Len Talif Salleh, Tourism Ministry permanent secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik, and Oswald.

The concept for the documentary, which might include other forms of marine life, was discussed during the meeting.

Abang Johari, who spoke to reporters after the meeting, declined to reveal details of the proposed documentary as it was “still in the negotiation and initial stages”.

“What is confirmed for now is that the documentary is on. We are excited that Yeoh has taken the initiative to make a documentary here to promote Sarawak, more specifically its wildlife, to the world,” he said.

Yeoh, who is also a well-known environmentalist and animal lover, visited Talang Talang Island on Sunday. It was her second visit there in as many years.