THE Langkawi Geopark received an RM10,000 boost for its research and development – thanks to the top three winners of a recent charity golf tournament in Langkawi organised by Shell Global Solutions.
Hiroyuki Matsuda, Kouji Watanabe and Ha-nafi Dewa donated their prize monies towards the research and sustainable development of the geopark which is under the auspices of the Langkawi Development Authority (Lada).
Matsuda, from Chiyoda Advanced Solutions Corp, won the RM5,000 first prize while Wata-nabe from Fuji Oil Company Ltd and Hanafi from Petronas Penapisan Melaka Sdn Bhd won RM3,000 and RM2,000 respectively for emerging second and third.
They handed over a mock cheque for RM10,000 to Lada tourism manager Megat Sharul Azman after the tournament.
The tournament, held in conjunction with the Shell Global Solutions Regional Symposium Langkawi 2007, attracted 40 golfers from Shell Global Solutions, national oil companies, and major oil and gas players in the Asia-Pacific.
Langkawi was recently announced the 52nd Geopark in the world and was honoured as the first in South East Asia to be listed under Unesco’s list of world geoparks in June this year.
The 99-island archipelago is also the first geopark with duty-free status. Besides its scenic beauty, rich biodiversity of flora and fauna, and various types and formation of stones, Langkawi has three geoforest parks, namely Machincang Geoforest Park, Geoforest Park Kilim and Geoforest Park Dayang Bunting.
Shell Global Solutions vice-president (business development) Wayne Hutchinson said the company not only looked at the economics as part of its business principles but also at the social and environmental aspects of being in business.
“We are happy to be able to contribute in a small way, together with our clients in the region, towards scientific research that will promote an appreciation of our ecological heritage,” he said.