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Petronas extends support to ‘Sayang Sungai’ programme

6th December, 2018

PAPAR: A 300-metre walkway has been installed at Mandalipau River tagal site, about 35km from here, as part of Sayang Sungai 2018 programme organised by Petronas in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries Sabah (DoF) and SK Mandalipau.

Tagal is a traditional system unique to Sabah that conserves river resources, resulting in tagal sites where the rivers are teeming with fish.

Representatives from DoF, SK Mandalipau, Sabah Parks, Petronas volunteers and members of the local community, about 400 in total, attended the launch of the Sayang Sungai 2018 programme recently.

Highlights of the launch include the release of 3,000 juvenile fish into the Mandalipau River, a gotong-royong, briefing on tagal management by the DoF and fun-learning activities with SK Mandalipau pupils conducted by Petrosains.

General Manager of Petronas Sabah and Labuan Regional Office, Rokiah Sulaiman said: “Sayang Sungai 2018 is part of Petronas’ initiatives to support local conservation programmes in line with our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

“Environment is one of the three pillars of our CSR programmes. The other two are education and community well-being.”

Under the Sayang Sungai 2018 programme, the national petroleum company provided the funds for the purchase of the juvenile fish, construction of the walkway and repair of amenities at the tagal site.

The Mandalipau tagal site will be maintained and cared for by the Parent-Teacher Association of SK Mandalipau, a school located in the vicinity.

Under the tagal system, fishing activities in certain stretches of a river are controlled through zoning – red (no fishing), yellow (controlled fishing for once or twice a year) and green (fishing allowed all year round).

One of the key environmental conservation projects undertaken by Petronas in Sabah is the conservation of Imbak Canyon – a 27,599-hectare of pristine rainforest in the heart of Sabah, in partnership with Yayasan Sabah Group.

It is also collaborating with the Sabah Forestry Department to conduct a mangrove rehabilitation programme in Tuaran, in a programme called Sayang Bakau.

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