Wildlife Cen­tre hosts dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion

The Borneo Post - - HOME - Septem­ber 17, 2017 By Rin­tos Mail re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCHING: Se­meng­goh Wildlife Cen­tre hosted a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion – Malaysia Day and the birthday of a baby male orang­utan here yes­ter­day.

About 500 peo­ple com­pris­ing Sarawak Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion (SFC) staff, adopters and walkin visi­tors were present at the cel­e­bra­tion.

The high­light of the event was the cake cut­ting cer­e­mony for baby Mas by some of the adopters led by Sarawak Forestry to­tally pro­tected ar­eas man­age­ment ser­vice man­ager Abang Arabi Abang Aim­ran, who rep­re­sented SFC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Wong Ting Chung.

Wong, in his text of speech read by Abang Arabi, said the gath­er­ing was unique, which brings to­gether adopters, staff and walk-in visi­tors on a most timely oc­ca­sion, that is, to cel­e­brate for the very first time an orang­utan birthday.

“Malaysia Day is held on Sept 16 ev­ery year to com­mem­o­rate the es­tab­lish­ment of the Malaysian Fed­er­a­tion on the same date in 1963. It marked the join­ing to­gether of Malaya, North Bor­neo, Sin­ga­pore and Sarawak to form Malaysia.

“For Se­meng­goh, Sept 16, 2016 is also an im­por­tant date to re­mem­ber as one of our baby orang­utan was born on this mean­ing­ful day.

“This baby orang­utan was later named Mas, tak­ing the three let­ter ab­bre­vi­a­tion code for Malaysia,” he said.

Wong said Sarawak Forestry plans to or­gan­ise this event an­nu­ally for the pub­lic and hopes such cel­e­bra­tion would help cre­ate aware­ness and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for wildlife, es­pe­cially the orang­utan con­ser­va­tion ef­forts.

He said in con­junc­tion with Se­meng­goh’s dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion, SFC’s team at Se­meng­goh Wildlife Cen­tre has started the MAS-100-Adopter-Race.

From Sept 1 to yes­ter­day, some 60 in­di­vid­u­als had signed to adopt the baby orang­utan Mas.

“On be­half of Sarawak Forestry, I take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all the adopters, who are here join­ing us to­day as well as adopters from else­where sup­port­ing us.

“Also on this oc­ca­sion, to any­one who wishes to help us ac­com­plish the Mas-100Adopters race, you still can do so at our Park­shop with an adop­tion fee of RM200.

“We have great chal­lenges and great op­por­tu­ni­ties and with your help, we will meet the tar­get and make this year the best birthday present for baby Mas. All pro­ceeds shall be chan­nelled to Sarawak Con­ser­va­tion Fund,” he said.

Also present was Se­meng­goh park man­ager Chong Jiew Han.

For Se­meng­goh, 16 Septem­ber 2016 was also an im­por­tant date to re­mem­ber as one of our baby orang­utan was born on this mean­ing­ful day for Malaysians. — Wong Ting Chung, SFC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer

Abang Arabi (se­cond right) and Chong (front fth right) leads some of the adopters to cut the birthday cake for baby orang­utan Mas.

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