Sabah Parks Celebrates Golden Jubilee
1 Dec 2014, Sabah: Sabah Parks celebrated their 50th anniversary recently with an array of exciting activities held over a period of three days. The festivities took place from 30th November to 2nd December 2014 in Ranau, Kota Kinabalu to commemorate the agency’s marine conservation efforts and to spur more awareness on Sabah’s underwater wonders amongst the locals. Members of public were treated to cultural performances by local artists, magic shows, sand and balloon art, face painting and karaoke sessions among others.
The launch of the Golden Jubilee was officiated on the second day by Datuk Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, accompanied with a traditional performance called, ‘Sunduan Do Nunuk Ragang’ – a fitting display of heritage and tribute to the achievements of Sabah Parks over the last five decades. Five WWF-Malaysia representatives were present at the celebration. To date, Malaysia has 51 Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and Sabah is on its way towards gazetting more than 10 percent of its waters as marine parks. Sabah Parks manages 4 marine parks with 3 more soon to be gazetted.