Rep: Piasau Nature Reserve extension gazetted, not under private ownership

Ting (seated second right) and Chia (seated second left) with society committee members during the press conference.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, April 4: The Piasau Camp Nature Park Society (PCMNPS) chairman Datuk Sebastian Ting has made it clear that the Piasau Nature Reserve (PNR) extension of five hectares is still intact and the land was never allocated nor given out to any person or company.

Stressing that an individual’s recent claims on the land being given out to a private company, Ting said the five hectares of land is still intact and the Sarawak government has gazetted the area.

“The area has been constituted as the Piasau Nature Reserve(Extension),” Ting said.

He disclosed this during a press conference held on Wednesday afternoon at Piasau Boat Club(PBC).

“The area was gazetted on September 21, 2017, signed by our Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg as Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources.”

The first gazette, known as Piasau Nature Reserve G.N.No 2581 is dated 12.6.2014 covers an area of 88.5 hectares(219 acres). With the Piasau Nature Reserve (extension) of 5 hectares, the total land size of PNR is now be 93.5 hectares.

“We would like to thank our Sarawak government for their farsightedness of preserving a big piece of land which is located right in the middle of Miri City, not only for the people of Miri but for the hornbills, eagles, other birds, squirrels, monkeys, snakes and insects too,” Ting added.

Ting vowed to make the park the best in Sarawak.

“During our (PCMNPS) annual general meeting (AGM), we have proposed planting of mangroves trees along the riverbank (encompasing the five hectares gazetted area) in order to protect it,” he added.

Also present during the press conference was the PCMNPS’s secretary Andy Chia. — DayakDaily