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Sabah scraps Sukau bridge project to preserve wildlife

 | April 20, 2017

Chief minister says saving protected wildlife in the Kinabatangan River area is the 'number one environmental concern'.

sam-mannan-sabahSANDAKAN: The Sabah government has decided that the proposed construction of a bridge across the Kinabatangan River at Sukau will not proceed after all.

The decision was announced by forest chief conservator Sam Mannan during his speech at the South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership dinner held at the Royal Society in London, yesterday.

“In making this decision, the Chief Minister of Sabah (Musa Aman) has taken into consideration all the concerns and opinions expressed related to the bridge, including those from Yayasan Sime Darby, Nestle, scientists and NGO groups, and also the opinion of someone who knows the territory better than anybody else – Sir David Attenborough,” Sam said in a statement today.

In early March, the Guardian UK published an article headlining Sir David Attenborough’s concerns over the proposed bridge that would span 350m across the Kinabatangan River, threatening one of the last sanctuaries of the rare Bornean pygmy elephant.

“If I may say so, that headline broke the camel’s back.

“It made us understand that the issue of a proposed bridge across a protected area for wildlife is now the number one environmental concern, not just in Sabah, but globally too, because of the extremely precarious situation of the rich wildlife therein.

“Now, I am pleased to say that balanced development has prevailed.

“We are not going ahead with the bridge,” he said.


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