By Brad Rantayy
MIRI, Sept 9: A distinctive rock formation inside Niah Cave which resembles a cat can become a potential tourist attraction to entice more tourists to visit the national park.
“It could become a new iconic landmark for the national park,” said Deputy Minister of Women, Childhood and Community Development Datuk Rosey Yunus, also Bekenu assemblywoman, yesterday (Sept 9).
Rosey was met after leading a group of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Sarawak (PBB) Bekenu branch members and the local media into the iconic cave.
During the two-hour trek, Rosey was told about the distinctive features of the rock formation inside the cave.
“This natural rock formation is fascinating, and I think it has never been highlighted before,” she said.
On another note, Rosey fully supports the State government’s efforts in nominating Niah National Park to be listed as a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage site.
She said that based on archaeological works carried out by researchers, discoveries suggest that human prehistory has been established to have existed about 65,000 years ago in the Niah Caves system.
Humans have used the caves at different times ranging from prehistory to neolithic, Chinese Sung-Era, and more recent times.
In 1954, the Sarawak Museum began systematic archaeological work in the caves. — DayakDaily