Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New Lahad Datu Tourism attraction soon



The Lahad Datu Tower of Heaven (Menara Kayangan Lahad Datu), standing 33 metres on Mount Silam, 10km from the township, will be opened to the public next month or March. The observation tower overlooking the picturesque Darvel Bay is set to be a new attraction for the district, which is already serving as the gateway to key natural attractions like Tabin and Danum Valley.

At 880m above sea level, Mt Silam is the highest point in Lahad Datu and forms part of the Sepagaya Forest Reserve. The observation tower was built by the State Forestry Department.

Its Director, Datuk Sam Mannan, also announced the recent publication of a pamphlet that will serve as a quick guide to the natural wonders of Mt Silam.

“The guide provides an overview of the different forest types found in Silam and the rich and unique plants and animals that they support.

In the pipeline is an interpretation centre as well as a two-kilometre nature trail to the summit of Mt Silam√Čthis facility will further enhance the role and the capacity of the Forestry Department in catering to nature education,” he said.


The tower construction was funded by the Federal Government at a cost of RM1.8 million, under the RM1 billion economic stimulation allocation to Sabah.

Mannan also showed a pocket booklet recently published by the department entitled Birds of the Heritage Amenity Forest Reserve.

It is a photo compilation of 48 bird species commonly observed within the 7-hectare man-made forest surrounding the Forestry Department headquarters in Sandakan.

“When greening work began in 2002 to convert this former rubber plantation to a forest patch of mixed species, birds were far from mind.

As this planted forest grew in stature, the increasingly active bird life caught my attention,” he said.

Today, the seven-hectare Heritage Forest comprises 137 largely native tree species.

“As more and more natural habitats disappear, such small patches of forest are becoming increasingly important oases for birds to nest, breed, take shelter, and feed,” he said.


Photosouce:  http://kepkas.sabah.gov.my/2012/03/20/lahad-datu-tower-of-heaven-mount-silam-official-launching/

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Tower of Heaven will be a new tourism attraction in Sabah, hope that this can attract many tourist to Lahad Datu and indirectly boost the development and economy in the district.

Anonymous said...

Good job from the Malaysia Federal Government for funding RM1.8 million under the RM1 billion economic stimulation allocation to Sabah for this project.

Shinia said...

Mannan also showed a pocket booklet recently published by the department entitled Birds of the Heritage Amenity Forest Reserve.

Usaha sama-sama untuk memperkenalkan Sabah kepada golongan awam.

LimYT said...

Hoping the Tower construction completed successfully and able to attract crowd.

Yusri said...

Keindahan alam sekitar harus dijaga supaya tidak tercemar.

Dollah said...

The natural heritage should be well maintained.

Peng Sen said...

Industri pelancongan memang berpotensi tinggi, seakan menjadi pendapatan yang utama kepada negeri.

Green Sabah said...

This booklet with a photo compilation of 48 bird species commonly observed within the 7-hectare man-made forest surrounding the Forestry Department headquarters in Sandakan will give us an idea on the various types of birds that can be found in this forest.

Green Sabah said...

Fortunately our Tourism Ministry works hard to improve the local tourism industry as well as promote our state. Good job to Masidi Manjun.

ferlo said...

Lahad Datu kaya dgn keindahan alam semulajadinya, ia menjadi pusat pelancongan yang menarik.

Green Sabah said...

Indeed this is a good effort from the government to create another tourism attraction in the state. Hopefully the Menara Kayangan Lahad Datu will be able to attract more tourists.

Borneo Native said...

but the Lahad Datu town still need to do a lot to make it more comfortable experience for the visitors. and, with the help of the district office and the support of the state government, more of the town’s potential can be brought to the surface for the benefit of all parties.

otok-otok es spekeng... said...

More recreational and ecotourism facilities are in store for Lahad Datu in line with the fast development pace taking place in this east coast district of Sabah, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said.

otok-otok es spekeng... said...

Apart from meeting an increasing demand for such facilities, Musa said it would also bring about benefits to the conservation areas in the district.

otok-otok es spekeng... said...

“Tourism sector is the second largest contributor to Malaysia’s economic growth after petroleum, therefore, it could not be denied that this sector could generate income to stimulate the state’s economic growth.

otok-otok es spekeng... said...

“It is for this reason that the state government approved RM4.2 million to develop Mount Silam,” he said in his speech at the launch of Menara Kayangan Lahad Datu (Lahad Datu Tower of Heaven) at Mount Silam..

otok-otok es spekeng... said...

His text of speech was read by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

otok-otok es spekeng... said...

Musa said that the facility would complement existing ecotourism attractions in the east coast of Sabah such as Danum Valley and Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary.

otok-otok es spekeng... said...

According to the Chief Minister, the tower is appropriate for recreational activities as it is located inside a forest ecosystem that is free from environmental pollution.

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