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More than 4,000kg trash collected in Semporna waters

15th March, 2019

By DK RYNI QAREENA

KOTA KINABALU: The Tun Sakaran Marine Park Ocean and Beach Clean-Up held in Semporna recently was a tremendous success.

Co-hosted by 32Marine and Sabah Parks, the event introduced the hashtag #SempornaReborn, to indicate the rebirth of Semporna – away from trash, away from negative social media.

There were over 30 operators participating, with 440 participants involved in the clean-up which managed to remove a total of 4,032kg rubbish from the ocean and beaches of Sibuan, Mantabuan, and Bohey Dulang in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Other than the Tourism stakeholders, the event was also supported by the District Office of Semporna, Marine Police and the Malaysian Armed Forces.

The top three operators collecting the most trash were Scuba Junkies at 547kg, Armada Scuba at 321kg, and Amir Scuba at 300kg.

According to Mr Boni Antiu of Sabah Parks and the Joint Event Chairperson, this event is the biggest marine initiative amongst tourism stakeholders to date.

In conjunction with the clean-up, Sabah Parks officiated the opening of a new hiking trail at Bohey Dulang to solve congestion issues that have arisen due to large amounts of visitors over the years.

The clean-up event and the opening of the new trail was officiated by Sabah Parks Chairman, Mohd Amin bin Abdul Mem.

He highlighted that Sabah Parks is working towards creating a guiding and porter service just like the one in operation at Mt Kinabalu Heritage Park to create job opportunities for the Semporna community.

“The Semporna community truly surprised me, their spirit of volunteerism in the program showcased how serious they were in wanting to change the bad reputation Semporna has received over the years regarding their issues with trash,” said Founder of 32Marine, Aaron Teo.

He added that the amount of rubbish collected in the event was six times more than their last clean-up event held at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park last year.

The official sponsors for the recent event were Good Earth Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd, Uncle Chang’s, PADI, Suzuki Marine, and Asiatic Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd.

To keep up to date with more 32Marine clean-up events, please follow them at www.facebook.com/32MarineSabah.

   
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