KOTA KINABALU: Tourism industries relying on the population of fireflies in the state might be affected by the declining number of the species.
Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun, said academicians and students from various higher learning institutions need to work together with the government in coming up with ideas to continue their research in preserving and protecting the population of fireflies in the state.
“These researches will educate both tourists and tourism developers and give awareness to the community on the significance of fireflies in our economy.
“Without an in-depth studies on protection initiative for fireflies habitat, it will cause their population to dwindle and affect the state tourism sector,” he said during officiating a seminar for fireflies and tourism sustainability at UMS Main Lecture Hall, this evening.
Meanwhile, the Director of the Malaysia Tourism and Culture Ministry of Sabah Department, Ag. Ahmad Zaki Abu Bakar, announced that the number of unlicensed tour van driver has decreased.
“The increase of the larger tour bus in tourism main areas is one of the factor that contribute to the dwindling number of unlicensed tour van drivers,” he added.
He hopes that future operations launched to tackle the problem will record zero arrest. –SayangSabah
Ag. Ahmad Zaki Abu Bakar (left) and Masidi (right) during a press conference at UMS.