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Encyclopaedia on Sabah's natural beauty and heritage
Published on: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: An encyclopaedia which documents Sabah's natural beauty and heritage will be done via collaboration between Sabah Parks and Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP).

The joint effort was sealed during a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between Sabah Parks Board of Trustees Chairman Datuk Seri Tengku Dr Zainal Adlin Tengku Mahamood and DBP Deputy Director-General Datuk Abang Sallehuddin Abd Shokeran at the State Legislative building here, Monday.

"The cooperation between the two bodies has begun since 2004 and so far eight books have been published by the guidance of DBP," said State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun who witnessed the ceremony.

He said the MoU is not only to continue with the good cooperation and to enable Sabah Parks to continue getting guidance from DBP but also to enhance collaboration in terms of quality as well as the types of books to be released.

"Among the biggest project is the publication of an encyclopaedia from Sabah Parks which will receive special guidance from DBP.

"On behalf of the ministry, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to DBP for the guidance and for choosing Sabah Parks as a book publishing partner even though I know DBP get many requests from other agencies.

"I can only say that DBP choose publications including quality books while at the same time we are fortunate that Sabah Parks have useful subjects that can be shared with the community through the publication of this book," he said.

He hoped the abundance of natural treasures under the management of Sabah Parks can be shared with the public whether in Malaysia or internationally through the publishing of scientific and useful books.

He further said that Sabah Parks is recognised as one of the most successful government agencies not only in terms of book publishing but also on ongoing efforts to expand their activities either on land or at sea.

"Apart from Kinabalu Park, Sabah Parks is now actively expanding areas for gazetted marine parks.

"The latest is the Tun Mustapha Marine Park in Kudat involving almost one million hectares as the largest marine park in the country, perhaps even one of the largest in the region except Indonesia because Indonesia is more extensive in its area.

"We have gazetted close to seven per cent of the sea in Sabah as a marine park and we hope and aim to add that up to 10 per cent as mentioned by the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN).

"We have so far gazetted two million hectare of Marine Park in Sabah, including the Tun Mustapha Marine Park and the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park among others.

We also know that Kinabalu is the first world heritage site that has been gazetted in Malaysia.

"We want balance in terms of conserving and preserving the environment as we strive to advance our country, for us in Sabah, this is clearly reflected in the 2018 State Budget tabled by the Chief Minister, we want conservation and physical development efforts to be made in parallel.

"It means one day we can become a developed state but at the same time we maintain our beauty and the greatness of our environment in Sabah.

"For all these efforts, we need the help of DBP in order for the continuous effort to educate the society through the publication of useful books," he said.

Also present were DBP Branch Publisher Director Khalik Sulaiman, Sabah Parks Director Dr Jamili Nais, DBP Sabah Branch Director Asmiah Ajamain among others. - Sherell Jeffrey

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