Underwater cleanup in Sabah makes it into the World Guinness Records

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Underwater cleanup in Sabah makes it into the World Guinness Records

April 16, 2013 - 05:37
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A clean-up operation by volunteer divers in Malaysia has set a new Guiness World Record for the longest clean-up operation underwater. More than 130 divers completed 168 consecutive hours of clean-up at 14 dive sites around the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah earlier this month.

View from the Manukan Island jetty looking towards Kota Kinabalu city (seen in background).

Volunteer divers attended from Malaysia, UK, France, US, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Lithuania and Switzerland, with 1,120 dives from 224 dive sites.

The seven-day operation was organised by Astro Kasih — a volunteer initiative undertaken by employees of Malaysian TV company Astro — as part of its Beautiful Malaysia environmental project.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said: "As we all know, Sabah is famous for its unique, rich and natural habitat. Hence, it is important we all work together, hand-in-hand to promote ecotourism among Malaysians and the international community, to build a clean, sustainable and healthy environment that is free from any pollution”.

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