IPOH – The Perak government will intensify efforts in preserving the Pulau Sembilan archipelago in Bagan Datuk from irresponsible parties, says Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
He stressed that the government had taken measures to close off the area to prevent trespass and damage to the flora and fauna on the islands.
“Prior to this, I myself had gone to the islands to look at the conditions there and we will ensure His Royal Highness’ directive to protect Pulau Sembilan is carried out.
“This is our firm stand on the matter and we are also very concerned with what is happening in Pulau Sembilan,” he told reporters after the opening of the First Meeting, Fifth Session of the Perak State Legislative Assembly, here, today.
Earlier, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah in his opening address had criticised tour operators for not respecting the rules and regulations set by the authorities, resulting in the degradation of the unique and special State Park in Pulau Sembilan.
State executive council member, Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi had previously announced that the group of islands would be closed to any tourism activity effective April 1, due to the damage caused to the natural ecosystem there.
In addition, Zambry said the government also took note of Sultan Nazrin’s directive to preserve the authenticity of Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar as a heritage, by maintaining its size and design.
“Measures to conserve and maintain the mosque will be taken, and we will ensure that it is not tampered with or altered for expansion by any party,” he said.
The Ubudiah Mosque has been named fourth among five most beautiful and mesmerising mosques in the world, the others being the Mosque of Abu al-Abbas al Mursi in Alexandria, Egypt; Kul Sharif Mosque in Kazan, Russia; Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey; and Sheikh Zahid Mosque in the United Arab Emirates.
Zambry said the state government would also ensure that its departments and agencies strive to achieve high efficiency in their administration and to always be transparent. – BERNAMA