Mannan making the announcement to scrap the Sukau bridge project at the Royal Society in London
Civil society groups involved in the Sukau bridge story over the past year today thanked the Sabah State Government on the decision not to proceed with the project.
Save Kinabatangan formed last year as a campaign involving several organisations also expressed gratitude to Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman for making the difficult decision to scrap the bridge, which studies show would have further fragmented the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary and the surrounding forests.
Save Kinabatangan, which includes Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), Hutan, Kinabatangan
Corridor of Life Tourism Operators Association (KiTA), Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP), Living Landscape Alliance (LiLA), Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA), Sabah Environmental Trust (SET) and WWF-Malaysia (Sabah office), said it will issue a more detailed statement in the near future.
We wish to wholeheartedly support the people of Sukau and the other Kinabatangan communities in working towards a regional vision. This way, people and wildlife, and the oil palm and tourism sectors, can come together to build a mutually beneficial future, Save Kinabatangan said in a statement today.
The decision was announced by Chief Conservator of Forests, Datuk Sam Mannan during his speech at the South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership dinner held at the Royal Society in London.
Sam was quoted as saying that Musa had taken into consideration all concerns and opinions related to the bridge in arriving at his decision.