Mitsubishi Motors M’sia supports wildlife conservation in Sarawak

MITSUBISHI Motors Malaysia (MMM) did its bit for wildlife conservation by contributing a Mitsubishi Triton 4x4 pick-up truck to the Sarawak Forestry Corporation today. 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 CEO, Tomoyuki Shinnishi to Sarawak Forestry CEO, Wong Ting Chung, held at MWC this morning. The effort is part of Mitsubishi Motors’ corporate social responsibility programme; aiming to utilise the company’s innovative strength for the greater improvement of a sustainable future.

Shinnishi 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 MWC 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 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.”

At the event, Wong also announced the birth of a male baby orangutan at MWC on Sunday morning. The newborn was named “Triton” following an adoption announced by Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia after the handing over of the Triton pick-up truck.

MWC 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 MWC in view of the increasing orangutan population being rehabilitated at the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre.