Warisan vice-president Junz Wong says a new fisheries enactment will be proposed if the party wins power again. (Facebook pic)
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) Vice-President Datuk Junz Wong pledged to table legislation that protects Sabah’s fisheries and promotes marine conservation should his party regain power to form the next state government.
Wong, who is Agriculture Minister in the current caretaker State Cabinet, said previous plans to table the Sabah Fisheries Enactment Bill last April were halted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing Movement Control Order and also by the dissolution of the State Assembly.
“We never expected the MCO, we never expected the Dewan Undangan Negeri to be dissolved, so a lot of things have changed,” he said, adding that this has pushed back the schedule for tabling the Bill.
The new enactment would introduce a number of measures, including a ban on shark fishing and trawler fishing.
Coral extraction and the sale of lobster eggs would also be banned to help preserve Sabah’s marine ecosystem.
Aderick Chong, Sabah Shark Protection Association Chairman, said the new law was “crucial” and “long awaited” as it would empower the state government in protecting Sabah’s marine resources.
It would be a “historic change for our state,” he said.
The proposed law is part of a Sabah agriculture blueprint drawn up by the previous Warisan government to boost farming, fisheries and the livestock industry.