KUCHING, 13 MARCH 2017Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia, is supporting wildlife conservation efforts in Sarawak by contributing a Mitsubishi Triton 4×4 pick-up truck to the SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SARAWAK FORESTRY). 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 Chief Executive Officer, Tomoyuki Shinnishi to the representative of SARAWAK FORESTRY’s, Chief Executive Officer, Wong Ting Chung in a ceremony held at MWC here this morning. The effort is part of Mitsubishi Motors Corporate Social Responsibility 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 also spoke at the event. 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 pick-up 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. 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 the attention of people the world over. SARAWAK FORESTRY’s rehabilitation works were initially concentrated only at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre at Semenggoh Nature Reserve. However, starting 1998, new orangutan inmates have been admitted to Matang Wildlife Centre in view of the increasing orangutan population being rehabilitated at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre.