Lok Kawi wildlife park goes paperless with QR codes

KOTA KINABALU: The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park has gone digital and is now using QR codes to hand out brochures, says Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew.

Speaking at the launch of the new products on Tuesday (Oct 29) evening, the Deputy Chief Minister added that the park will use a computerised ticketing system from Dec 1.

She said that entry tickets will still be printed for visitors but groups visiting the park will only require one receipt, instead of the current printed ticketing system.

"The new system is expected to be more systematic so ticket sales can be tracked efficiently. Sabah Wildlife Department financial officers will be able to view ticket sales," she said.

Liew's speech was read out by her Ministry's permanent secretary, Datuk William Baya.

She also raised the issue of elephant poaching, as the event was part of the Elephant Day 2019 programme which is aimed at educating people about the threats faced by Borneo pygmy elephants in Sabah.

She reiterated how important it was for collaboration to control human-elephant conflicts, with various parties including plantation companies and non-governmental organisations.

Liew said this year, about 20 elephant deaths have been recorded in Sabah up to October due to poaching, snares or hostile acts among the elephants themselves.

"This is a worrying situation, as it would mean the elephant population is in decline due to a lack of habitat, food and the pressure from illegal hunting", said Liew.

Liew, however, expressed confident that the Wildlife Department and other enforcement authorities will be able to track down poachers.

"As reported in 2002, about 1,100 to 1,600 elephants are estimated to be left in Sabah. We are afraid the current situation will further jeopardise the image of Sabah as an eco-tourism destination as well as cause palm oil prices to go down" she said.

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