Three more Sabah parks temporarily closed for disinfection


KOTA KINABALU: Besides the Kinabalu Park complex, three other Sabah parks have been temporarily closed for disinfection due to Covid-19 cases.

The affected parks are Taman Bukit Tawau in Tawau along with the Tun Sakaran Marine Park and Pulau Sipadan Park in Semporna.

The closure of the Kinabalu Park complex – the gateway to Mount Kinabalu – was announced on Thursday.

The measure followed a rise in Covid-19 cases in Sabah’s east coast, especially Tawau and Semporna which are currently listed as red zones.

“The disinfection process for the three parks will take seven days from Thursday to Sept 30.

“The parks will not be opened to the public during the operation,” said Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry permanent secretary Dr Jamili Nais.

Other parks – Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (Kota Kinabalu), Taman Pulau Penyu (Sandakan), Taman Banjaran Crocker (Keningau, Tambunan, Tenom), Taman Pulau Tiga (Kuala Penyu) and Taman Tun Mustapha (Kudat) – are still open to visitors.

On Thursday, Jamili issued a statement saying that the Kinabalu Park complex would be closed for two weeks until Oct 8 after a mountain climber from Tawau, who was a close contact of a Covid-19 patient, tested positive for the virus.

This means climbing and other activities will not be allowed during this period.

“A Covid-19 control centre has been activated at Kinabalu Park for the purpose of curbing the spread, where tests are being done on close contacts of the patient, namely mountain guide, civilian climbers, park staff as well as private company staff handling the climbing programme.

“Disinfection is being thoroughly carried out on tourism amenities along the climbing path of Mount Kinabalu, including the Panalaban station, during the closure,” said Jamili.
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