By Nashir Mansor
KOTA KINABALU, July 13 (Bernama) -- Emin Madi's new release English book titled 'The Green Gold of Borneo (GGoB)', is not only an adventure-packed documentary fiction, but also provides an insight into Sabah's phenomenal achievement in forest conservation efforts.
The protagonist of the 145-page literary work is a strong-willed journalist obsessed to uncover the secrets of the unexplored saucer-like summit in the middle of the famous Maliau Basin Conservation Area (MBCA), also known as Sabah's Lost World.
The fictional journalist did not heed a Murut shaman's advice and later encountered unusual happenings and strange events in very unlikely situations.
"In many ways, although the plot is mostly fictionalised, GGoB is all about natural environment, particularly the fate of the last remaining undisturbed rain forest in Malaysia and Sabah in particular."
"I came to realise that natural wonders, and in this case the totally protected forest in Sabah, is a very interesting topic for book writing."
"I was very fortunate to have participated in many resource and wildlife surveys inside Sabah's last remaining natural wonders and I thought I should write something more interesting, such as documentary-adventure-fiction."
"It took me the whole year of 2016 to complete the manuscript for GGoB , after which my former colleague, Zahir Ahmad, edited the first copy before sending it to the UK-based Austin Macauley Publishers," the veteran journalist told Bernama.
The Bernama freelance reporter's first foray into environmental reporting was in 1980's when he participated in a scientific expedition in the now world renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area in Lahad Datu, Sabah, involving local and foreign researchers, including the Royal Society, UK.....