State agriculture, agro-based, entrepreneur development and cooperative committee chairman Norhizam Hassan Baktee said the state government had received relevant documents from the state Fisheries Department to declare Pulau Undan an MPA.
“The proposal to gazette Pulau Undan as a marine park comes under the Establishment of Marine Parks Malaysia Order in the Fisheries Act 1985.
“The state government will work with the relevant authorities to expedite the MPA status.
“MPA covers both marine parks and fisheries-prohibited areas,” he said after attending a beach cleaning exercise at Pulau Undan.
Norhizam said the unpolluted water and serene surroundings of the island also made it a great destination for eco-tourism activities.
“Pulau Undan is a historic island and the aquatic diversity is ideal as a new tourism product for the state. The island is also a sanctuary for various species of fish.
“Apart from that, a lighthouse built in the 1880s by the British on the island is a maritime heritage that could be promoted to tourists,” he said.
Norhizam also debunked stories that the island was haunted.
“Locals used to hear spooky tales of Pulau Upeh and Pulau Besar too.
“We never received reports of people being frightened by ghosts at any of these islands,” he added.