In Sabah. some very clumsy politicians shoot themselves in the foot
Orang utans in Sabah are not clumsy
Did you know that a decision by the Sabah government at the end of 2007 to totally halt logging near Danum Valley to protect 3,000 orang utans has cost it RM4 billion in loss of potential revenue? Bet you also didn't know that the area of TPAS (Totally protected areas) reserves in Sabah is reaching 1.3 million ha or about 20% of Sabah’s total land area, even exceeding the IUCN standard of 10%. The latest addition is about 180,000 ha — the 55,000 ha. wildlife corridor linking Maliau Basin, lmbak Canyon to Danum/Ulu Segama and the re-classification of Ulu Segama (130,000 ha) to total protected status. And you were most probably ignorant of the fact that under current Chief Minister Musa Aman, Sabah has seen the greatest extent of TPAS expansion in the history of Sabah, despite enormous opportunity cost of conservation! These are FACTS that most of us didn't know and weren't really thinking about. But thanks to some daft politicians in Sabah who, on orders from their orang Malaya masters, were trying to take Musa Aman down with wild allegations of timber/logging kickbacks, we are now drawn to the good things the Sabah government has done - but has not been shouting about - to protect the state's forests. Read more about a winning battle against illegal and excessive logging H E R E.