29 April 2012
LAHAD DATU: Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) Lahad Datu carried out its second mangrove rejuvenation and river bank conservation project, this time planting 2,000 mangrove seedlings in the fringes of its Phase 3 development area.
Also released were 50 kingfishers, bulbul and shaman bird species, about 5,000 fish fries and a variety of shellfish.
The mangrove rejuvenation project was first introduced at POIC Lahad Datu five years ago. The project also part of POIC Sabah’s stakeholders’ programme.
The programme also includes career talks in secondary schools in this district to encourage students to pursue studies and careers related to oil palm.
Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, Datuk Nasrun Datu Mansur who launched the project said POIC Sabah’s efforts in balancing industrial development with sustain able environment are in line with the Government’s commitment to conservation.
He said POIC Lahad Datu is playing the role as a catalyst of development for Lahad Datu in particular and on a broader scale the east coast of Sabah and the territories of Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIP-EAGA).
“Therefore, in response to growing needs for services by investors in POIC Lahad Datu, the Government has proposed to elevate the present Lahad Datu District Council to municipality status,” he said.
Meanwhile,, POIC Sabah spokesperson Lynette Hoo said POIC was grateful for the support and participation of the Government departments and non-Governmental organisations in the project.
“The environment is our collective responsibility and together we can definitely achieve more,” she said.
Also present were District Officer, Zulkifli Nasir, District Council Executive Officer, Mohd Fawzy Abd Kadir, Lahad Datu Forestry Department officer, Jurimin Ebin, and District Wildlife Department Officer, Mohd Soffian Abu Bakar.
(Source: Daily Express)