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Nazri: 10 Sabah tourist spots to be gazetted National Heritage Sites

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Mohamed Nazri accompanied by tourism officials during the visit to Batu Tulug Agop

31st March, 2016

By ROZZALIN HASHIM

KINABATANGAN: Ten tourist spots in Sabah will be gazetted National Heritage Sites.

They are Batu Tulug Agop Archaeological Site Kinabatangan, Kinabalu National Park, Bukit Tengkorak Archaeological Park Semporna, Marine Park Pulau Sipadan, Maliau Basin, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Turtle Island Park and Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

Disclosing this, Tourism & Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said these sites would be gazetted under the National Heritage Act 2005 as it was important to preserve such places of interest.

“To date, 12 Sabah heritages involving games, clothings, traditional food and dances have been gazetted as national heritage,” he said during a visit to Batu Tulug Agop Archaeological Site near here yesterday.

He added that recognition of these 10 sites was important before they could be nominated as World Heritage Sites under UNESCO.

Mohamed Nazri also said his ministry, through the National Heritage Department and the Sabah State government via the Sabah Parks, is in the midst of evaluating Danum Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon which have the potential for nomination as World Heritage Sites.

And, on the Batu Tulug Agop Archaeological Site, the minister said the area used to be a burial site where community in the past used log coffins to bury the dead.

He said it was believed there were over 2,000 coffins in the caves of the Kinabatangan Valley.

Nazri also commended the State government for making efforts to preserve the site.

Meanwhile, he said such efforts were important as Malaysia strived to promote its heritage, culture and archaeological sites.

   
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