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Rhino among factors for ‘no’ to coal-fired plant

Kota Kinabalu: The continued survival of the endangered Sumatran rhino is one of the main reasons the State Government shot down the proposed coal-fired power plant in Silam, Lahad Datu.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, who disclosed this, said it was not an easy decision considering that Sabah is currently facing a power shortage problem.

“But finally, we thought, we can have a power plant built anywhere but we cannot have a rhino anywhere,” he said, assuring that the State Government will continue to preserve all wildlife in Sabah.

“In the recently-launched Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) 2008-2025, the rhino rescue programme was high on the State agenda,” he said.

He also directed the department to spearhead a State-level rhino conservation task force to develop an action plan and embark on a rhino breeding programme based on the sanctuary concept similar to Indonesia’s.

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