SEMPORNA: The Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort’s waste management practice will be made a case study by the Ministry of Tourism as part of efforts to preserve and conserve the beauty and natural environment of islands marked as tourist destinations in the country.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said the case study was important since it could be made as a guideline before the ministry comes out with a certain policy on good waste management practice for island resorts and hotels. “We will be looking at this (waste management in Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort) as a case study to see how the ministry can look at a policy to implement such a system. “It is not an overnight study but definitely we need the advice of consultants,” she told reporters after visiting to the resort recently where she was briefed on the resort’s waste management practice.
Dr Ng was convinced that the waste management system in the Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort could be practiced by other resorts as it was not so complicated but involved more mechanical aspects. “Now I am here in a small resort with 120 capacity that can deliver. If they can deliver other resorts can deliver too,” she added. Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is one of five dive resorts operating in the Mabul Island, about 40 minutes from the mainland of Semporna and about 15 minutes from Sipadan Island.
Another dive operator in the island, Borneo Divers Sabah, a resort with a 60 max capacity also practices an environment friendly waste management which followed the Environment Impact Assessment guidelines.
According to Dr Ng as Malaysia moves into the ranks of a high-end tourism country, it must serve good and quality tourism products as well as environment friendly products, especially to tourists staying for long periods. Dr Ng said providing high quality tourism products was part of the ministry’s Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan that emphasized on green tourism and sustainable tourism in the country. She said Sabah should become a world example for everything related to diving tourism such as diving spot, dive masters, accommodation and facilities and on how diving did not put pressure to the environment.