Participants carrying a banner after planting 3,040 coral seedlings at the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park on Saturday.
KOTA KINABALU: A new Malaysian record has been set with the planting of 3,040 coral seedlings at the Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park near here.
The seedlings were planted by staff of the Malaysia Inland Revenue Board (IRB), Sabah Parks and dive masters, making it to the Malaysia Book of Records.
Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the effort by the Inland Revenue Board in collaboration with Sabah Parks showed the community’s commitment in preserving and protecting the environment.
“We have so many beautiful things to offer and to have caring people having programmes such as this is wonderful. It shows that these two parties are committed in creating a sustainable environment,” he said after witnessing the coral seedling planting on Saturday.
A total of 129 people planted the seedlings around the marine park located about 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu.
IRB chief executive officer Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukor Mahfar said the programme was part of the company’s marine corporate social responsibility.
“We are more than just a tax collecting company,” he said, adding that organising environmental awareness programmes were also an important aspect of the company.
Malaysia Book of Records managing director Datuk Danny Ooi said the programme was another milestone for the country.
“This adds another successful attempt of a new record making in the Malaysia Book of Records,” he said.