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Sale of shark fins openly in KK a concern, says Sabah minister

ANN/THE STAR – The state government is concerned that shark fins are being sold openly.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew said that she would discuss with the Sabah Wildlife Department and Sabah Parks about the open sale of the dried shark fins in Sinsuran that was highlighted by tourists. She said that Sabah had successfully discouraged the shark’s fins to be served in restaurants and also finning of sharks as part of its conservation efforts.

However, she said that she needs to verify the matter with the relevant agencies about the legality of selling shark fins in markets. “I will need to look into it,” she told reporters when asked about calls by shark conservationists for the state government to slap a total ban on hunting and finning of all shark species.

Liew was speaking to reporters after launching the Natural Beauty of Sabah Photographic Exhibition and the 15th anniversary celebration of the Environmental Magazine yesterday.

She said that the state was supportive of efforts by groups and individuals to promote environmental issues.

She said that it was important for everyone to care for the environment and make greening efforts as part of their activity.

“We ensure that our sea is clean and also ensure a healthy living environment. We cannot allow for rubbish to be strewn everywhere,” she added.

On the air conditioning problems at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA), Liew said that the airport authorities were taking steps to tackle the problem and she believed it will be resolved soon.

“Overall things are improving at KKIA, more lights are working, immigration has opened up more counters. They are doing a good job,” she added.

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