Education on Sabah’s wildlife at historic site
Published on: Monday, April 01, 2019
By: Sherell Jeffrey
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KOTA KINABALU: The ruins of the former historic Welfare Building site along Jalan Haji Saman came alive with vibrant colourful paintings depicting Sabah’s wildlife. 

 The columns or pillars of the building – remnants of a mysterious fire in the late 1990s – were painted with 30 different endangered wildlife whether in the forest or in the sea with the aim of promoting awareness on climate change and the need to protect Sabah’s endangered wildlife.   

 This is the second edition of a community art project, called the Pillars of Sabah 2.0, jointly organised by a group of young art enthusiasts in collaboration with the WWF-Malaysia and supported by the State Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment and City Hall. 

 The project also received 25 different paint colours from Nippon Paint as part of their corporate social responsibility to the cause. 

The newly revamped Pillars of Sabah 2.0 was officiated in conjunction with Earth Hour 2019, Saturday. 

“With this comes hope that the pillars will be a platform of education for all who come to admire the art,” said Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Christina Liew when officiating the event. 

“I hope that when you admire these pillars, you learn more about the plight of our wildlife. I hope that you will be inspired to take action to help conserve the animals living in our shores and our jungles,” she said. Her speech was delivered by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, William Baya.



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