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Sayang Sungai … Releasing of 3,000 juvenile fish into the Mandalipau River. SNT Pix/Credit Petronas

PAPAR: The Mandalipau River tagal site now has a 300 metre walkway courtesy of Petronas Sayang Sungai 2018 programme in collaboration with the Fishery Department and SK Mandalipau.

Not only that, under the Sayang Sungai 2018 programme, Petronas also provided the fund for the purchase of the juvenile fish and repair of amenities at the tagal site.

Papar Assistant District Officer William Ahlam and Petronas officials making their way to the Mandalipau River Tagal site using the newly installed walkway funded by Petronas. SNT Pix/Credit Petronas

About 400 people comprising of representatives from the Fishery Department, SK Mandalipau, Sabah Parks, Petronas volunteers and members of the local community attended the launch of the Sayang Sungai 2018 programme from 23 to 24 November at the site located about 35km from here.

Among the highlights included the release of 3,000 juvenile fish into the Mandalipau River, a gotong-royong, briefing on tagal management by the Fishery Department and fun-learning activities with SK Mandalipau pupils conducted by Petrosains.

Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board of Trustees, Datuk Seri Tengku Dr Zainal Adlin Tengku Mahamood releases fish into a pond at SK Mandalipau. The school’s Parent-Teacher Association is the custodian of the tagal site. Looking on is Rokiah Sulaiman. SNT Pix/Credit Petronas

Sayang Sungai 2018 is part of Petronas’ initiatives to support local conservation programmes in line with our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Environment is one of the three pillars of Petronas’ CSR programmes. The other two are education and community well-being,” said General Manager of Petronas Sabah and Labuan Regional Office, Rokiah Sulaiman.

The Mandalipau tagal site will be maintained and cared for by the Parent-Teacher Association of SK Mandalipau, a school located in the vicinity.

Mandalipau River. SNT Pix/Credit Petronas

Tagal is a traditional system unique to Sabah that conserves river resources, resulting in tagal sites where the rivers are teeming with fish.

Under the tagal system, fishing activities in certain stretches of a river are controlled through zoning – red (no fishing), yellow (controlled fishing for once or twice a year) and green (fishing allowed all year round).

Petronas is also collaborating with the Sabah Forestry Department to conduct a mangrove rehabilitation programme in Tuaran, in a programme called Sayang Bakau.

One for the album … Participants posing for a group photo after the Sayang Sungai Programme. SNT Pix/Credit Petronas

One of the key environmental conservation projects undertaken by Petronas in Sabah was the conservation of Imbak Canyon — a 27,599-hectare of pristine rainforest in the heart of Sabah, in partnership with Yayasan Sabah Group.-SabahNewsToday/Petronas