KOTA KINABALU: The Federal Minister of Tourism Dato’ Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen visited the renowned Maliau Basin Conservation Area (MBCA) or better known as the Sabah’s Lost World on 27th October 2011.
During her visit, Dr Ng was briefed on Yayasan Sabah Group’s conservation effort in Maliau Basin by the Manager of MBCA Jadda Suhaimi.
Recognising the uniqueness of the area, Yayasan Sabah Group designated MBCA for the purposes of research, education and training, along with Danum Valley and Imbak Canyon Conservation Area located north and east of MBCA respectively.
Dr Ng was briefed on the importance of MBCA as a natural catchment area.
The Maliau River drains through a gorge out of the southeast of the Basin into the Kuamut River, which in turn feeds into one of the headwaters of the Kinabatangan, Sabah’s most important waterway.
Numerous waterfalls have also been discovered throughout the Basin, the most famed of which is the spectacular seven-tier Maliau Falls.
Maliau is also the home of the fabled Lake Linumunsut, Sabah’s only natural freshwater lake, situated below the outer banks of the northern escarpment.
Dr Ng was also informed on Maliau’s unusual forest types which include rare montane heath forest and a distinct and diverse flora with over 1,800 species including at least six types of pitcher plant and over 80 rare and endemic species of orchids.
Yayasan Sabah Group’s effort in conversing MBCA is further spurred by the fact that it is the home to more than 80 species of rare mammals such as the banteng, clouded leopard and Malayan sunbear besides an impressive bird list comprising nearly 300 species including the stunning Bulwer’s Pheasant and the endemic Bornean Bristlehead.
Prior to her visit to Maliau, Dr Ng also spent the night at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge and visited the Danum Valley Field Centre in Lahad Datu.
During her trip to both the conservation areas, she was accompanied by Tourism Malaysia director general Dato’ Haji Azizan Noordin, Sabah Tourism Board chairman-cum-member of the Board of Directors of Tourism Malaysia Tengku Datuk Zainal Adlin and Tourism Malaysia director of domestic marketing Musa Yusof.
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