Abdul Karim speaks to the press. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: With the on-going development plans in Tanjung Datu, it will certainly boost the tourism industry in this area, said Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He said now that the coastal highways and bridges are under construction, once completed, it will connect the surrounding areas in Tanjung Datu, thus increasing local and foreign tourist arrivals.

“Tanjung Datu is extremely unique with its beautiful beaches, Gunung Gading National Park, Talang Satang National Park, and many more.

“It is like a paradise for tourists,” he told reporters when met a ceremony for the deployment of 1,100 artificial reef balls in Sempadi-Tanjung Datu waters on Monday (Oct 26).

He also said Tanjung Datu is the best place for scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing enthusiasts.

“If you want to see turtles, you can do so here. The turtle conservation programme in Talang Talang and Talang Satang are among the best,” he said.

According to Abdul Karim, the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) has done a good job in protecting the turtles’ habitat.

“I have been to other places where the turtles there — and their eggs — are consumed.

“But here in Talang Talang and Talang Satang, you don’t see things like that happening. The turtles continue to breed,” he said.

He said the community’s awareness on the ban on eating turtle eggs was very good and praised SFC on this matter.

“It is not that I want to compare, but nothing can beat what we have done here for our turtles,” he said.