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BOR­NEO DIVERS co-founder Clement Lee has taken up an­other role as a “Tourism Am­bas­sador for Div­ing” for Malaysia. In the­ory, he is re­tired – but still working hard to pro­mote his home­land’s best sites. Lee pi­o­neered trips to Si­padan as far back as 1983, an oceanic is­land that most divers would rate the top dive des­ti­na­tion in the na­tion. He and part­ners Randy Davis, Ron Hol­land and Samson Shak set up Bor­neo Divers to take trips to the is­land, sub­se­quently brought to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence and wide­spread fame by Jacques Cousteau’s movie Bor­neo: Ghost of the Sea Tur­tle. Bor­neo Divers was the first recre­ational div­ing op­er­a­tion in Sabah, half of Malaysian Bor­neo. Lee be­came a PADI in­struc­tor in 1984, and set up the first dive school in Tan­jung Aru. He was one of the first two Malaysians to be­come a PADI course di­rec­tor when he took up that role in 1991. An­other first in a ca­reer full of them in­cludes train­ing up the first fe­male dive in­struc­tor in Malaysia. On ac­cept­ing the div­ing am­bas­sador­ship, Lee said he felt “ex­tremely proud” to rep­re­sent Malaysia and pro­mote its “un­der­wa­ter trea­sures” – all while pur­su­ing what is in any case a life-time pas­sion. Lee is al­ready a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Div­ing Hall of Fame. He’s also one of only 14 tourism ad­vis­ers to Malaysia as of 2015, as part of an ini­tia­tive to boost ar­rivals by the Min­istr y of Tourism and Cul­ture.

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