Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review on handling marine life: Masidi

Published on: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Kota Kinabalu: Photographs of various marine wildlife including turtles and giant clams being manhandled by visitors at what appears to be the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park near here are prompting a review of procedures in the conservation area.

Among the measures to be implemented are the posting of more signs warning visitors against such action, said State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

He said an investigation was also under way to verify the authenticity of the pictures posted on Facebook.

"Obviously we are taking this seriously but we also have to verify whether it was indeed at the Tunku Abdul Rahman and if so, whether these were locals or foreigners.

"If they were foreigners, they would have likely been brought to the islands by tour agents, who we will track down," he said.

He added that Sabah Parks, which is responsible for the marine park, would blacklist tour agents whose clients continued to flout the regulations.

Masidi said the ministry needed the help of licensed tour guides to inform it of illegal tour operators bringing visitors to the islands.

Sabah Tour Guides Association member David Tseu had claimed that marine park visitors who had taken pictures of themselves holding turtles and giant clams were brought there by unlicensed tour operators.

He claimed that the illegal operators were operating "rampantly" and that the authorities did not appears to have the resources to crack down on them.

Recently, Netizens reacted in anger over a photo of tourists posing with a turtle.

The photo, uploaded by wildlife conservation group Rimba, showed three people with their hands on the turtle's shell while they posed in the water, allegedly in the Perhentian Islands, off Terengganu.

A 34-second video of the incident was also uploaded. 

Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=82366


Anonymous said...

The posting of more signs warning visitors against manhandling various marine wildlife is needed, hope that it will be obey by all visitors.

Anonymous said...

Sabah Parks, which is responsible for the marine park, would blacklist tour agents whose clients continued to flout the regulations.

Hope that those agents who failed to communicate what should not be done to their clients should not be allowed to conduct their tours to the Sabah Parks anymore.

Borneo Native said...

jalankan operasi untuk memberkas semua operator pelancongan haram.. jangan tunggu sampai industri pelancongan kita terjejas..

Borneo Native said...

ketika industri pelancongan sabah semakin meningkat, sudah tentu ramai operator2 haram yang cuba mengaut keuntungan daripada para pelancong.. kementerian berkenaan perlu lebih agresif menangani masalah ini dan ambil tindakan tegas terhadap bukan sahaja operator haram malah operator berlesen yang tidak mematuhi peraturan..

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