Ting speaks to the media before the start of the programme.

MIRI: A total of 15 divers from various non-governmental agencies joined in a two-day clean-up mission to remove ghost nets within the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park.

Also taking part was the Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA).

The two-day programme ‘Coral Reefs Cleaning Awareness Workshop’ was the fourth trip being held this year to the sea to harvest ghost nets covering the area.

The trip started on Tuesday morning.

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting when met today before the divers began their mission on day two at Marina Bay Jetty, applauded the efforts of divers in helping to clean and remove ghost nets at the area.

“Any net or line left in the sea can pose a threat to our marine life; therefore efforts made by these volunteers are very much appreciated,” he said.

He added, this programme helped to preserve tourism spot such as the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park.

“The spot is one of Sarawak’s tourism products, it is one of our major attractions to rope in tourists to come here,” he said.

Ting reiterated that his ministry had been very keen to promote intra-state tourism campaign via the recently launched ‘Sia Sitok Sarawak’ programme.

“We want to revitalise Sarawak’s tourism sector via this programme (Sia Sitok Sarawak) after being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Via this Sia Sitok Sarawak campaign, the State government is offering substantial discount of up to 50 percent to Sarawakians and those residing in Sarawak to enjoy and experience at more than 30 places of attractions in the state.