Sultan lends royal touch to restoring reef

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 09 Aug 2017

MERSING, 7 Ogos -- Sultan Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar menanam anak karang nubin pada kedalaman 15 kaki di perairan Pulau Mentinggi pada Program Penanaman Anak Karang Terbesar Serentak Satu Malaysia sempena 10 Tahun Penubuhan Jabatan Taman Laut Malaysia, Kementerian Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar di Pulau Tinggi hari ini. --fotoBERNAMA (2017) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

SULTAN Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar (pic) dived to plant 1,200 baby corals in Pulau Mentinggi, a cluster of Pulau Tinggi in Mersing, Johor.

Berita Harian reported that the coral reef restoration programme on Monday was launched concurrently nationwide in conjunction with the 10-year anniversary of the inception of the Marine Park Malaysia Department as well as World Oceans Day 2017.

The Johor Ruler also signed a Malaysia Book of Records plaque on Monday confirming the feat as the biggest coral reef restoration effort in the country.

Sultan Ibrahim dived with three other groups to plant the corals at 20 polyvinyl chloride frames around the island.

He also ordered divers at the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park to get permission to dive and look after its coral reef habitat.

“Many coral reefs get broken because boats dock without following the rules. I will dive here again in two years to see how the corals are growing,” he said.

He added that divers at the park should register at the Mersing District Council.

> Actress Erra Fazira’s former husband Engku Emran Engku Zainal Abidin is believed to be tying the knot with Indonesian actress Laudya Cynthia Bella next month.

Kosmo! reported that the duo would be married at a private wedding ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

“God willing, they will be married in the middle of September.

“The ceremony will be a small one,” the source told a local news portal on Monday.

Engku Emran, 42, who is chief executive officer of Malaysian Digest, and Bella, 29, were introduced to each other by actress Nora Danish and husband Nedim Nazri in March.

> A bomoh stepped in to help find fishermen who went missing after their boat capsized in Kuala Dungun, Terengganu, last Wednesday.

Harian Metro reported the shaman went to their families and requested pillows used by the trio so that they could be thrown into the ocean as a way to trace them.

Hasimah Ismail, 56, whose son-in-law Mohd Zawawi Mohd, 27, is one of the missing men, said she obeyed the request in order to find him and his two colleagues, Che Mohd Afendi Che Ismail, 34, and Abdul Wahab Zakaria, 44.

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