KOTA KINABALU, Jan 7 (Bernama) -- Sabah Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Christina Liew, has instructed the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) to investigate a picture that has gone viral on social media of a child riding a sea turtle.
Liew, who is also state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, said such behaviour is unacceptable as the turtle is protected by law in Sabah.
“I cannot comment further until the investigation is complete. What can I say -- this is an offence.
"We welcome tourists to Sabah who visit because there are many beautiful places, but at the same time, we expect tourists to respect our laws. To catch a turtle, put it on a boat and ride it is unacceptable,” she said.