Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mulu park to stay untouched

Mulu park to stay untouched? I just couldn't believe it. I can only presume that there are not enough profitable timber to harvest or there are still logging in out part of Sarawak so much so that logging (and therefore building a road) is not yet needed at Mulu.
Time will tell whether the government is sincere.

Monday April 21, 2008
The Mulu National Park will be preserved in its pristine condition for future generations, said Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

He said it was for this reason that the Government had decided against constructing a road to the world heritage site from the northern part of the state.

The park, which has four show caves, is only accessible by air from Miri or by river.

“Mulu is doing very well. We hope that it will be handed down to our younger generations in the same pristine condition,” added Taib during a state banquet in honour of visiting Prince Albert II of Monaco at the state assembly building on Saturday.

Head of State Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin and his consort Datuk Patinggi Norkiah, Taib’s wife Datuk Amar Laila Taib and state ministers were among those present.

Prince Albert toured the Mulu National Park and launched the Mulu Batcam in the Deer Cave during his visit there yesterday.

Taib said the state government had dedicated 6.5 million hectares as permanent forest, and another two million hectares as national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and water catchments.
In the cities and towns, he said the authorities had preserved areas as green lungs.

In his speech, Prince Albert commended Sarawak for its commitment to preserve and conserve nature.

“In Monaco, we also share this obligation to protect the planet so that the children of tomorrow can live in a protected environment,” he added.

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