Published on March 15th, 2017 | by Amirul Mukminin


Mitsubishi Motors Supports Wildlife Conservation in Sarawak

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) shows its support towards wildlife conservation efforts in Sarawak by contributing a Mitsubishi Triton to the Sarawak Forestry Corporation recently. The Triton will be used for wildlife rescue and related conservation works at Matang Wildlife Centre (MWC).

The vehicle was handed over by MMM’s CEO, Tomoyuki Shinnishi to the CEO of Sarawak Forestry, Wong Ting Chung in a ceremony held at MWC this morning. The effort is part of MMM’s CSR programme; aiming to utilize the company’s innovative strength for the greater improvement of a sustainable future.

Shinnishi in his address at the event said, “Mitsubishi Motors is proud to assist and support Sarawak Forestry, an organisation that devotes its’ time for a good cause. We acknowledge their efforts in rescuing wildlife of various species which are brought in to Matang Wildlife Centre for rehabilitation purposes.”

He added, “The Triton pick-up truck had passed many endurance tests and has been for various gruelling off-road events. We hope that it will assist Sarawak Forestry well in many of their rescue adventures to come, no matter the terrain.”

Wong, in his welcoming address said, “Due to increasing public awareness on wildlife conservation and protection, Matang and Semenggoh wildlife centres are facing growing demands for additional capacities in rescue, rehabilitation and other operational aspects such as transportation. Therefore, contributions such as this Triton pickup truck by MMM is timely, practical and very much appreciated for our works here at Matang Wildlife Centre.”

Wong at the event also announced the birth of a male baby orangutan at MWC on Sunday morning. The new born was named Triton following an adoption announced by MMM after the handing over of the pickup truck. Concluding his speech, Wong expressed Sarawak Forestry’s hope that more organisations would render support to the corporation’s conservation works in time to come.

Matang Wildlife Centre cares for endangered mammals, birds and reptiles species but it is the centre’s orangutan rehabilitation programme that has caught people’s attention. Sarawak Forestry’s rehabilitation works were initially concentrated only at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre at Semenggoh Nature Reserve. However, since 1998, new orangutan inmates have been admitted to Matang Wildlife Centre in view of the increasing orangutan population being rehabilitated at the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre.

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