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Annual beach cleaning programme in need of financial support

8th January, 2019

A recent photo depicting a seemingly young tourist riding on a sea turtle has gone viral on the social media. It is said to be recent and taken from Semporna during a boat ride around one of the islands.

While awaiting more details to surface, Alexander Yee, the president of FOSTER (Friends of Sea Turtles Education & Research) has urged the tour agent or dive master involved to own up and come clean.

Meanwhile, he also asked that Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) to look into this matter.

“It seems more awareness is still needed to prevent such incidents from re-occurring”, said Alexander.

He went on to say that it is indeed heart warming to note that so many are concerned of the well being of the sea turtles.

Towards this end, Alexander would like to remind the public that Walai Penyu Conservation Park will be launching its annual beach cleaning on the shore of Libaran Island, Sandakan next month and again he seeks sponsors on behalf of FOSTER.

A sponsor pays RM100 per month for a villager to clean 100 metres of beach front land which works out to be RM1,200.00 for 12 months. The full amount is disbursed directly to the villagers without any deduction for hidden cost.

In return, FOSTER will erect a signboard depicting the name of the sponsor on that 100 metre stretch of beach. A clean beach will promote healthy lifestyles for the villagers and allows the sea turtles to easily come ashore to lay their eggs.

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