LAHAD DATU – The Sime Darby Foundation (SDF), set up by Malaysia’s biggest conglomerate, Sime Darby Berhad has a serious mission to save the country’s remaining wildlife including the orangutan in Sabah.
SDF chairman Tun Musa Hitam said the foundation realised the dire need to rehabilitate the Ulu Segama Malua, now known as Bukit Piton Forest Reserve by collaborating with the Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) and Sime Darby Plantation to reforest 5,400 hectares of the reserve for the orangutan and other wildlife.
“The foundation has committed RM25 million towards the project over a period of 10 years by planting trees that forms crucial habitat and results in food sources to foster wildlife.
“Since the partnership was inked in 2008, a total of 4,724 hectares of degraded forest has been reforested with 350,000 seedlings of indigenous dipterocarps, non-dipterocarps and pioneer trees,” he told a press conference here Wednesday.
Musa said the tree planting would be completed by next year when maintenance of the planted trees would happen until the end of 2018.