KOTA KINABALU: As part of an on-going initiative to prove to the
world that Malaysia is a responsible oil palm producer, a mega wild life
sanctuary involving 100,000ha of rainforest in an area of 300,000ha of
contiguous forest zones in Sabah is currently initiated by the Malaysian
oil palm industry and Sabah state government.
Malaysian Palm Oil
Council chief executive officer Tan Sri Yusof Basiron said the proposed
wildlife sanctuary would have 100,000ha of nucleus with rehabilitation
and release function for orang utan and other wildlife.
(the size of the wild life sanctuary) is over three times the size of
Singapore. “There are four million people in Singapore but only 11,000
orang utans in Sabah. This imply that if all the orang utans were to
live in the mega sanctuary, they have potentially more land base than
the people of Singapore by a factor of 1,350 times!,” said Yusof.
the same time, Yusof has call for the zoos in New Zealand and Australia
to start thinking of releasing orang utans back into the wild rather
than imprisoning them in confined spaces under cold and non-tropical
“Of course, they (orang utans) cannot complaint for
being imprisoned in the zoos. How can they …if only they can speak?”
He said Malaysia however will need to raise more
funds for the mega sanctuary.
“The Malaysia Palm Oil Wildlife
Conservation Fund will continue to be ready to match any external
funding for this purpose,” he said adding that the Western environment
NGOs were also most welcome to make contributions towards this noble
On Monday, a Sabah Wildlife Rescue Centre has been set up
at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park in Sabah via a joint initiative between
the Sabah Wildlife Department, Shangri-La Rasa Ria Hotel and the MPOC.
An MOU was signed by the three organisations at the IPOSC attended
by 300 local and foreign participants here.