On the 19th May 2016, the official launching of the new structure took place. The event was attended by honorable guests; Ms Caroline Christine Russell (Governing Council Member of Yayasan Sime Darby), Yang Berbahagia Datin Paduka Zaitoon Dato' Othman (Governing Council Member of Yayasan Sime Darby), Puan Hajjah Yatela Zainal Abidin (CEO of Yayasan Sime Darby), Mr. Augustine Tuuga (Deputy Director of Sabah Wildlife Department), Tuan. Hj. Fadzil Hj. Yahya (Sandakan District Forest Officer), Tuan. Sailun Hj. Aris (Sandakan District Wildlife Officer), Mr. Jeffery Hj. Aman (Secretary of the Sandakan Municipal Council) and the team of Yayasan Sime Darby.
The remarkable event started with a welcoming speech from BSBCC’s CEO & Founder, Mr. Wong Siew Te. During his speech, Wong mentioned how ecotourism has contributed towards conservation efforts in the state. BSBCC is among the good examples where ecotourism contributed towards the conservation efforts of wildlife apart from improving local and national economy and livelihood. Ecotourism in Sabah has been proven as the third source of revenue after timber and oil palm industry. Wong names this industry “conservation ecotourism”.
enclosure and perimeter walkway.
In 2014, BSBCC came into YSD’s attention when the Centre’s only observation platform could not cater the 4,000 visitors each month. The Second Observation Platform and aerial walkway was then constructed in September 2015 with funding support from YSD. The remarkable event ran smoothly with team efforts from YSD and BSBCC. Thanks to Yayasan Sime Darby for their continuous support and sponsorship towards our Centre. Without their vital support, we may not be where we are today.