PETALING JAYA: Several signature campaigns and petitions have been initiated by conservation groups voicing their concern and dismay over the approval of the controversial RM40mil marina project in Pulau Tioman.
Two non-governmental organisations – the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and WWF-Malaysia – have each set up online campaigns on their websites www.mns.org.my and www.wwfmalaysia.org urging the public to voice their opinion on the project.
“We are dismayed and disappointed over the recent marina yacht project off Kampung Tekek, which will potentially affect and destroy a highly sensitive and biologically diverse coral reef area,” the MNS petition stated.
WWF-Malaysia’s Panda Passport campaign has garnered over 7,000 responses from all over the world more than a week after it was set up.
“The marina project would not only defy Tioman’s status as a nationally protected marine park but would also be taken as a sign that marine park protection in Malaysia is not to be taken seriously,” the WWF-Malaysia campaign said.
Meanwhile, 54 divers and volunteers from all over the world worked together to clean up nine different dive sites off Pulau Tioman on Sept 19, in conjunction with the International Clean-up Day.
The divers came from Singapore, China, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, England, Brazil, Ireland, Holland, Paraguay, France, Zimbabwe and Kenya.
They removed 298 Crown of Thorns, 136kg of rubbish from the beach and fishing lines.
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