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February 14, 2018 21:52 PM

Tanah Bencah Setiu Fulfils Petronas' CSI Key Focus Areas

SETIU, Feb 14 (Bernama) -- Setiu Wetlands has been chosen as the location for Petronas to undertake various Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programmes as the area fulfils the three key elements that the company has been focusing on.

Petronas East Coast Regional Office general manager Wan Mohd Hasnan Abdullah said the three focus areas are education; community well-being and development; and environment.

"These elements are found in the Setiu Wetlands. We are not only implementing infrastructure development projects.

"In fact, we are also serious in human capital development of the community here so that they will move forward in tandem with the development that will take place here, namely the eco-tourism destination that Terengganu can be proud of.

"We are here together with the state government, which has gazetted the Setiu Wetlands as a state park, to protect the ecosystem and biodiversity of the 432-hectare area," he told reporters at the briefing session during the media visit to the Setiu Wetlands here recently.

Wan Mohd Hasnan said prior to this, Petronas would normally organise Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and CSI programmes around its operating areas in the Dungun and Kemaman districts.

"However, we have expanded our CSR programmes to other districts in Marang, Kuala Terengganu, Kuala Nerus and Setiu since five years ago. In 2015, we were invited by the state government to discuss the Setiu Wetlands development plan to become the latest eco-tourism destination in Terengganu.

"Petronas has approved RM8 million in allocation for infrastructure and human capital development projects in Setiu Wetlands via the discussion," he said.

Of the amount, RM6 million is allocated for the upgrading and construction of five projects involving an information centre in Kampung Mangkuk, floating jetties, a 1.1km Setiu Boardwalk, a tourism jetty in Kampung Mangkuk and a fishermen's jetty in Kampung Gong Batu.

In addition, another RM2 million will be used to conduct various skills and entrepreneurial courses for the community in Setiu Wetlands in the company's efforts to ensure that the populace would gain economic benefits from the tourism in the area.

Wan Hasnan said among the planned courses were English proficiency for Setiu rangers, homestay management and the branding of local products.

Meanwhile, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) School of Marine and Environmental Sciences lecturer Dr Jarina Mohd Jani said based on UMT record, there were 29 mammal species, 161 (bird species), 32 (freshwater and seawater fish species) and 36 (reptile and amphibian species) in the area so far.

"We hope that UMT will continue to be given the opportunity to explore the many secrets of mother nature in this area as we are confident that there are many more things that we are not aware of, and that is a long process," she said.



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