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Protecting Mt Santubong from a Cable Car
  • Petitioning YAB Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud

This petition will be delivered to:

The Chief Minister of Sarawak
YAB Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud
Minister of Tourism & Heritage
YB Datuk Amar Abg Hj Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abg Hj Openg
ADUN Pantai Damai
YB Dr. Abdul Rahman Junaidi
Deputy Speaker of the House
Dato Dr. Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar
Assistant Minister of Tourism
YB Datuk Haji Talib bin Zulpilip

Protecting Mt Santubong from a Cable Car

    1. Rahim Bugo
    2. Petition by

      Rahim Bugo

      Kuching, Malaysia

Protecting Mount Santubong from a Cable Car Project

According to recent press reports, long-standing plans to build a cable car at Mount Santubong have been revived. This is a matter of great concern for both residents of the wider Kuching area and Sarawak’s tourism industry. Mount Santubong is a special place and a unique tourism and recreational asset.

The rainforest-covered mountain is steeped in legend and a source of enjoyment for Sarawakians of all ages and backgrounds.  There is therefore a strong public feeling that Santubong should be preserved in its natural state.  In short, stakeholders do not want a cable car to be developed at Santubong. This ground swell is based on the following factors.


1.   Lack of Commercial Viability - We believe there is insufficient demand from both foreign and domestic tourists to justify the substantial investment in this project. Upon opening, the facility may attract local interest but this domestic demand will taper off after the novelty wears off. Demand from foreign tourists is unlikely to cover operational costs.


2.   Negative Impact on Tourism Industry - Mount Santubong forms a magnificent backdrop to the resort hotels at Damai Beach, the Sarawak Cultural Village and Sarawak’s only internationally known event – the Rainforest World Music Festival.  Adding cables, large support pillars and significant modifications at the summit will degrade the current views.  In addition a range of activities such as wildlife watching, jungle trekking, the Summit Climb, mountain biking, etc. will all be negatively impacted by the cable car.


3.   Alternative Investment Options - There are more suitable options for growing Sarawak’s tourism industry. From a strategic perspective, Sarawak is better off investing in our existing major attractions (e.g. Bako National Park) rather than investing in new projects that lack commercial viability.


4.   Ecological Damage - The summit is a narrow sandstone ridge. It would require extensive modification to support the cables, gondolas, machinery, lookout points, offices, toilets, shops, etc. It is impossible for any contractor to construct a cable car system without causing substantial damage on the summit and at the locations of each of the pillars.


5.   Social and Ecological Costs - The social and ecological costs are likely to outweigh the financial benefits (if any) of investing in a cable car project. The cable car project offers a poor return on investment for Sarawak.


6.   Safety & Maintenance Concerns – Should the cable car project fail to be profitable the operators may fail to invest sufficiently in maintenance and safety compliance. The potential negative consequences of this are unthinkable for Sarawak’s tourism industry and public safety.


In view of the above concerns regarding the development of a cable car at Santubong, we are petitioning for a complete ban any form of cable car on the Santubong Peninsula and Mount Santubong. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Janet Hii AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      I believe in the beauty of mother nature. Having hiked there, it would be devastating if its natural scenery were to be disturbed. There is no absolutely no reason for a cable car to exist in such beautiful wonders.

    • john douglas KUCHING, MALAYSIA
      • 4 months ago

      mount santubong is home for many protective species of wildlife. So, it would be wise to not temper their natural habitat. For the wildlife of country is the one and only reason why people come visit Malaysia.

    • Methos Phang KUCHING, MALAYSIA
      • 4 months ago

      Coz I still want to see Santubong as a natural place with full of fauna and flora than unmanageable commercials

      • 4 months ago

      Because Mt Santubong has too much wildlife to be put at risk.

    • Fabian Kraft GERMANY
      • 6 months ago

      protect the nature of mt santubong


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