Temburong Zoo falls under LegCo spotlight

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

FUNDS should be allocated to revive the neglected Temburong Mini Zoo located in Batang Duri as it has the potential to become a tourist attraction, suggested State Legislative Council (LegCo) member Dato Paduka Hj Idris Hj Abas at yesterday's LegCo session.

"If I'm not mistaken, two years ago I raised this issue with regards to the state of the zoo, whereby its animals have been left unattended and their lives threatened," stressed Dato Hj Idris.

He added that the area, open to tourists, could one day be visited by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) officials. "As such, it would be of benefit to rebuild the zoo that can fulfil International Wildlife standards and become a tourist attraction," he added.

Minister of Development Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar said that the park falls under the purview of the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation and assured that the matter will be looked into.

Dato Hj Idris also brought to attention the Labu immigration post in Temburong to the council. "This post is one of the first impressions that visitors will meet with," he said, adding that an upgrade of the facility may be required once the development of the Terusan bridge is completed, to alleviate higher volume in traffic.

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof responded that the immigration post was first established as an interim solution, and will be reviewed for improvements should the need arise.

Pehin Dato Hj Adanan also announced that works on the immigration post at Puni in Temburong have begun and will be completed by July 2011.

The Brunei Times