LANGKAWI, 4 June 2012 - The National University of Malaysia (UKM) is to undertake scientific studies and research at the Underwater World Langkawi Sdn Bhd (UWL) theme park here.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) allowing for this was signed by UKM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Tan Sri Dato' Wira Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin and UWL Director, Puan Sri Fadzilah binti Md. Ariff here this morning. Chief Executive Officer of the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Tan Sri Khalid Ramli was also a signatory.
UKM's Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (Lestari) had organised the event as part of Langkawi's overall development as a GeoPark, through the Langkawi Research Centre (PPL) which had been actively studying the natural resources of the island since 2003.
Underwater World Langkawi is located at Pantai Cenang, a popular beach in the south of the main Langkawi island off the north western coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
It is one of the largest marine and fresh water aquaria in South East Asia. Since the start of its operation on 26 August 1995, it has become one of the must visit tourist destinations in Langkawi and has attracted a large number of foreign as well as local tourists.
Puan Sri Fadzillah said it had attracted over 10 million visitors who came to see some 400 species of marine life since its founding.