Sentry post to be set up at Pulau Tiga to ensure tourist safety, marine protection

KOTA KINABALU: The state government will put up a sentry post at Pulau Tiga, the island that gained international fame as the famous setting of the hit reality TV show "Survivor.”

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin said that the sentry post was not only to ensure safety of the tourists but also for marine protection of the island in Kuala Penyu district in Sabah’s west coast waters.

Jafry, who visited the island that comes under Sabah Parks, said among other problems faced was encroachment by not only local fishermen but also foreign fishing vessels.

“Some of them were using the damaging fish bombing methods that destroyed marine life in the area, ” he said.

Other issues, Jafry said included illegal tourism activities such as unregistered boat operators or skippers without necessary maritime licences.

Many of them escape actions under law because the closest bases of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement (MMEA) and Marine Police were in Labuan.

Jafry also said that plans were afoot for Sabah Parks to create more attractions for Pulau Tiga often dubbed “Survivor Island".

Among them, he said, was to set up a gallery as well as a research and education centre for visitors.

“They will be building a birth watching platform at the island’s lagoon, ” he added.

Pulau Tiga together with Pulau Kalampunian Besar and Pulau Kalampunian Damit in the Bay Brunei is a popular diving area and is known for its volcanic mud pools for visitors to frolic.

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