CM’s immediate intervention in nature reserve issue lauded

CMs immediate intervention in nature reserve issue lauded

Posted on October 4, 2014, Saturday

MIRI: Concerned non-governmental organizations (NGOs) thanked the Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem for speedily intervening in what is believed to be non-transparent development of the proposed Piasau Nature Reserve (PNR).

Among the NGOs are the Malaysia Nature Society, Miri Chapter, the Piasau Camp Miri Nature Park Society (PCMNPS) and the Hornbills Watch Group who are actively promoting the reserve which is famous for its hornbills a totally protected species of birds in Sarawak.

We, the office bearers, committee members and members of PCMNPS would like to record our greatest appreciation and gratitude to our Chief Minister for his time, direct and immediate intervention on the recent fencing incident on a piece of land near Piasau Camp along the bank of Miri river, which resulted in the immediate demolition of that fencing, said Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew, chairman of the society in a statement yesterday.

Ting said such immediate action to resolve the challenging incident at ground level is another added testimony of the chief ministers leadership of genuine care and concern for the welfare of the people of Sarawak.

This comes from his heart with feelings. In addition we also see that YAB CM is very committed to the conservation, preservation and protection of our environment. Like YAB always says For the betterment of Sarawak, he said.

Ting also thanked the Head of State, Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud for approving the nature reserve, and is confident Mirians will always remember May 10, 2014 when Taib launched it.

Arguably it was the best gift from our Sarawak Government led by Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem to the people of Miri in conjunction with our 50th Anniversary Malaysia Day celebration in 2013, Ting stressed.

Meanwhile the newly elected MNS Council member for Sarawak and chairman for the Miri Chapter Musa Musbah also thanked the state government, particularly the chief minister for his immediate intervention in the matter.

It would not have been possible if not for the good intervention of Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem, the new CM. Thank you to him, said Musa.

Ting, as Secretary General of the Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) during his partys recent courtesy call on the Chief Minister highlighted the matter. On September 27 the fencing was demolished allowing the public to access the Piasau landing jetty.

PNR was establish to enhance the historical value and functions of the area, formerly known as Piasau Camp, synonymous with Miris oil and gas industry dating back 103 years.

It is for the conservation of the hornbills,41 species of birds, 25 species of mammals, 10 species of butterflies and five species of amphibians in the area.