Seven dots of islands were under joint Anglo-American rule (1929)

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Turtle Islands are located some 40km north from the city of Sandakan. Based on this newspaper article, seven islets that make up the island group will be jointly ruled by Britain and United States. In fact, there are actually ten islands, where today the-then jointly administered seven islands are now under Philippines while the remaining three are now under Malaysian territory. What is so special about these islands anyway? Two important keywords – green turtles and hawksbill turtles. Today, access to the islands are mostly restricted to protect the islands’ endemic turtle species although public visits (to Malaysian side) are possible subject to official permission.

Gugusan Pulau Penyu terletak lebih kurang 40km di utara bandar Sandakan. Berdasarkan petikan akhbar di sini, tujuh pulau yang membentuk gugusan kepulauan tersebut akan ditadbir secara bersama oleh Britain dan Amerika Syarikat. Namun faktanya, jumlah keseluruhan pulau dalam gugusan tersebut adalah sepuluh, dimana tujuh daripadanya yang dahulu diperintah secara bersama kini berada di wilayah Filipina manakala selebihnya terletak di wilayah Malaysia. Apa yang menarik berkenaan gugusan kepulaun tersebut? Dua kata kunci yang dapat diungkapkan di sini – penyu agar dan penyu karah. Hari ini, akses ke pulau tersebut adalah dihadkan untuk melindungi spesies penyu endemik. Namun, lawatan awam (di wilayah Malaysia) masih boleh dilakukan tertakluk kepada kebenaran rasmi.

Article Source: The Border Cities Star, 6 August 1929

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