Plan to preserve heritage sites

 

By ROZZALIN MOHD HASHIM

SANDAKAN: The Sandakan Municipal Council (MPS) will draw up a strategic plan to preserve the surroundings of heritage sites.

This includes collaboration with private sector in maintaining and conserving these places, MPS deputy president Haji Mohd Hamsan Haji Awang Supain said during a gotong royong programme at Batu Sapi Heritage Park here yesterday.

“For the long term, we will put up barricades to keep trash from the sea from being washed ashore, apart from monitoring and more stringent enforcement,” he said.

The Batu Sapi Heritage Park which is about 12km from the town centre, is one of the priceless national heritage sites in Sandakan.

Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Ariffin Asgali officiated the gotong royong organised by MPS with the collaboration of the Sekong Constituency UPPM office, several other government agencies and NGOs.

The beautification and cleanliness of the surroundings at Batu Sapi and also the Heritage Park will continue to be given emphasis in efforts to attract more locals and foreign visitors, Ariffin who is also Sekong Assemblyman, said.

According to Ariffin, the next gotong royong programme will be held at water villages with the participation of the residents to raise awareness on the importance of maintaining cleanliness of surroundings and environment.

Sunday’s gotong royong was held from 7am to 10.30am and a total of 300 bags of rubbish was collected. Among those who participated were MPS secretary Faridah Giau and PEMADAM Women’s Affairs Bureau chairperson Noraini Sulong.

 
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