The move of the Sarawak government to gazette the Luconia Shoals in the South China Sea over the Sunda Continental Shelf as a Marine Park has been welcomed by Santubong MP Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
He said that the marine park covering more than a million square kilometres overtakes the Tun Mustapha Reef Marine Park in Sabah as the biggest in Malaysia.
"It also augurs well for Malaysia's objective to fulfill the international obligation to the Aichi Biodiversity Target (under the Convention on Biodiversity)."
Protecting 10 per cent of national water as a Marine Park Area is a Sustainable Development Goal.
"However, the achievement of this goal is only 3.48 per cent. As for the international involvement on marine biodiversity conservation, the target of registering 10 per cent of Malaysia's water as Marine Park objective is to protect the marine resources in Sarawak waters," he said.
Wan Junaidi said he hoped that The Sarawak Marine Park Authority can work together with the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources to formalise the registration of Luconia Shoals Marine Park with the Aichi Biodiversity Target.
"This certainly will be able to enhance Sarawak's good image internationally and to enable Malaysia to fulfil its International obligation under the Agreement.," he said.