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Prince William, Wife Treated To Welcoming Reception

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 14 (Bernama) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Catherine were treated to a closed welcoming reception hosted by the Sabah state government at a resort here Friday night.

The royal couple arrived the resort at 8.20pm and spent a little over an hour at the reception before adjourning to their suite.

Prince William, who wore a black suit, and Catherine, dressed in a white lace outfit over a blue knee-length dress designed by British fashion designer Alice Temperly, were presented beaded jewellery known as Pinakol, which is synonymous with the Rungus ethnic culture, as a welcoming gesture.

Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Sabah deputy chief ministers Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Datuk Yahya Hussin as well as state and foreign dignitaries.

Saturday, Prince William and Catherine will fly via helicopter to Danum Valley, a primary rainforest conservation area located 70km from Lahad Datu, where they will spend the day briefed by researchers and explore the 438 sq km area.

Malaysia is the royal couple’s second destination after Singapore, en route a nine-day tour of the Far East, as representatives to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in conjunction with the celebration to mark the 60-year reign of the Queen.

Source : Bernama

Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Savour Beauty Of Danum Valley

LAHAD DATU, Sept 15 (Bernama) — Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton chose to walk through the well-preserved rainforest here to mark the end of their visit to Malaysia.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent about three hours touring the 43,800 hectare Danum Valley Conservation Area and talking to researchers and Oxford University undergraduates.

Upon their arrival, they were briefed by Yayasan Sabah Conservation and Environmental Management Division group manager Dr Waidi Sinun; Royal Society’s South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme director Dr Glen Reynolds; Sabah Tourism Board chairman Datuk Tengku D Z Adlin, and Sabah Forestry Department director, Datuk Sam Mannan.

William became a Royal Fellow of the Royal Society during its 350th anniversary in 2010. The royal couple showed a strong interest in the progress of conservation works in the Valley and its wildlife including the Orang Utan and Proboscis monkeys.

After the briefing, they trekked into the rainforest to experience firsthand the area’s remarkable biodiversity.

Source : Bernama

Prince William And Kate End Visit To Malaysia, Head For Solomon Islands

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 16 (Bernama) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, concluded their four-day visit to Malaysia today.

They were given a traditional red carpet send-off at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport at about 7 am. Prince William and Kate flew off to the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, deputy chief ministers Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai, Sabah State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman and other state dignitaries were at the airport to see them off.

Prince William and Kate arrived in Kuala Lumpur last Thursday and came to Kota Kinabalu on Friday evening.

Yesterday, the royal couple flew via helicopter to Danum Valley, a primary rainforest conservation area located 70km from Lahad Datu, where they spent about three hours savouring the beauty of the rainforest.

Malaysia is the royal couple’s second destination after Singapore on a nine-day tour of the Far East as representatives of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in conjunction with the celebration to mark the 60-year reign of the monarch.

Source : Bernama

Kembara merdeka convoy tour 12 districts in Sabah *new!

SANDAKAN: Merdeka celebration in Sabah has been made more lively with the Kembara Merdeka Convoy organised by the Sabah Information Department which will tour 12 districts.

The convoy is made up of 80 participants involving 20 vehicles from agencies under the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry, Health Department and Education Department.

Head of the convoy, Durahim Jaman said the convoy started its journey on Sept 5 and has toured six districts, Kota Kinabalu, Tamparuli, Ranau, Telupid, Tongod and Beluran.

“At each visited districts, the Jalur Gemilang (the national flag) will be distributed to the local people to promote patriotism,” he said at a flagging off of the convoy at the Sandakan-district level, here.

The convoy was flagged off by Sekong Asssemblyman, Datuk Samsuddin Yahya. –Bernama

Source : Borneo Post

Royal visit testimony of our good conservation work – Masidi

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has done well, especially when environment conservation is concerned, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit bears testimony to it.

Prince Williams and Kate Middleton will be visiting the state’s Class I (Protection) Forest Reserve, the Danum Valley Conservation Area (DVCA), located on the western side of the upper reaches of the Segama River in Southeast Sabah on September 15.

They are currently on their nine-day Southeast Asian and Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The royal couple is currently in Singapore.

“We are pleasantly surprised that the Royal Highness Prince William and Princess Kate have chosen to visit Sabah in this part of the world. I think it is an honour and testimony of the good conservation work that Sabah is doing,” said Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, yesterday.

Met at the Petronas Raya Open House here, he said the Royal Highnesses are expected to visit the Royal Society’s South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP), a British non-governmental organisation that has been working in DVCA for about 25 years.

SEARRP was established in 1985 in response to mounting concern over the future of South East Asia’s rainforests and through a conviction that by gaining a scientific understanding of tropical rainforest systems, ecology and dynamics a significant contribution could be made to their sustainable management and conservation, particularly in the context of global environmental change.

Although the scope of the programme includes all of South East Asia, their efforts are primarily focused on Sabah.

“That itself shows not only the confidence in the international NGO and our policy, which is to conserve, but it bears testimony to the fact that, in a small way, a stamp of approval from the Royal Highnesses on all the good job by our international NGOs, the Sabah Forestry Department and all who are involved in the conservation work,” he said.

His Royal Highness Prince Henrik, The Prince Consort of Denmark and Queen Margrethe II, had also visited Danum Valley and according to Masidi, the royal couple had extended their two-night stay to five nights, “because they were overwhelmed by the richness of flora and fauna found in Danum Valley.”

Prince Hendrik, who is the president of Denmark’s World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), was a guest of WWF Malaysia and had also toured various conservation spots including Likas Bird Sanctuary, Kinabatangan Floodplain, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan and Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

He visited the 43,800ha Danum Valley Field Centre in Lahad Datu and Maliau Basin, also known as Lost World, which lies in the interior of southern Sabah, and participated in a village home-stay programme in Ulu Padas near the Sarawak-Kalimantan border.

“This, for us, again, is an eye opener to many Europeans. Unfortunately Asians and the Third World countries in general are always in the news for the wrong reasons, and we are always being accused of turning our back to conservations, but I think what is happening in Sabah is exactly the opposite.

“I think we are doing better than other countries, including the First World countries and I think all Sabahans should be very proud,” he said.

Masidi reiterated his calls for the people to continue conserving and preserving the environment.

“The tourists come here for nature adventure, they like to see our sea, they like to dive and go to our mountain, and they simply want to go to our jungle because we have pristine jungles. I have said this many times and I want to say it again that for so long as we look after nature and environment, tourists will keep on coming.

“In fact I am happy to inform that for the first seven months of this years, the Chinese tourist arrivals to the state had gone up over a massive 40 per cent and this, to me, is again a testimony to conserve nature. Sabah is known to be a nature paradise, and we should keep it that way. I hope the people will understand that the moment we start destroying all the best of nature that we have, it is the beginning of the end of the tourism industry and I think we need to remember that,” stressed Masidi.

Source : Borneo Post