Tun Mustapha Park will be largest park in region

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SANDAKAN: Efforts to proclaim new parks in the state are being carried out actively, said Sabah Parks Board of Trustees director Paul Basintal.

The process to gazette several new parks in the state, such as the waters off Sipadan Island and Tun Mustapha Park in Kudat are being intensified, he said.

“If Tun Mustapha Park is gazetted, it will be the largest park in South East Asia at 1.1 million hectares,” he said.

As for the Sipadan Island, he said efforts to gazette the waters off Sipadan Island would be submitted to the relevant ministry as the process had received strong cooperation from the Semporna District Council and the public. It needed to be gazetted as it has 12 hot spots for scuba diving activities.

“We hope these could be gazetted before 2015,” he said during a Sabah Parks seminar and launching of a book at Sabah Hotel yesterday.

Speaking at the ceremony, Paul said the seminar was organised to gain information from every department in Sabah Parks which will be developed as a model in parks management.

“Sabah Parks staff are given the opportunity to share their knowledge and information besides sharing their opinions towards the modernization of the Sabah Park management system, in line with this year’s theme: ‘Toward a model of protected area management’,” he said.

There were several presentations conducted by the park’s Operation and Management Division, Research and Education Division, Administration, Financial and Human Resource Management Division and Development Management.

“With the strategic and solid management, we are able to face challenges in line with the changing work environment,” he said, adding that ICT applications in management ensured that management information could be obtained accurately and faster.

During the ceremony, a book entitled ‘Prosiding Seminar Julai 2008-2009’ was also launched. The book is a documentation of previous seminars which would be a reference not only for Sabah Park staff but also the public, especially the students.