You think Sipadan Island can be as iconic as Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Great Barrier Reef, Mount Sinai and Kalahari Desert?

Seven wonders of nature

Sipadan Island off the east coast of Sabah on Malaysian Borneo, dubbed one of the top three diving spots in the world, is in the running for the New7Wonders of Nature, an Internet campaign in search of the New7Wonders of Nature of which online voting is underway.

The tropical island — listed No 3 on this blog’s own list of “The Seven Wonders of Borneo” — is competing against 261 nominees around the world to select 77 nominees, from which 21 will be shortlisted for another round of voting to select the ultimate list of the New7Wonders of Nature. You can vote by clicking on the widget on the right.

Thirty islands of the world

Sipadan is among 30 islands in the running for the title, including the Galapagos Island, Bora-Bora Island, Cocos Island, Bikini Atoll (is Spongebob Squarepant living here? Nah… that’s Bikini Bottom), the Maldives, Ko Phi Phi Island and Tierra del Fuego. Iconic islands, I must say.

But, hang on… no support for Sipadan?

As of February 13, the date the ranking was last updated, Sipadan Island is listed as “not yet officially supported“.

According to the New7Wonders website, without an official supporting committee, a nominee cannot participate in the next stages of the New7Wonders of Nature Campaign.

What’s up?

Why hasn’t the authority set up an official supporting committee? Can this blogger start the ball rolling? No, he cannot because to become a supporting committee “You must be authorised by a legitimate national, regional or local government or public authority with responsibility for the nominee location.”

I guess, that would make the Bajau Laut chief of Semporna eligible, the way the Hualapai Indian tribe support their nominee, the Grand Canyon. They can set up a supporting committee by filling up the form here.

Malaysia’s Minister of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage is from Semporna. I think he can start the ball rolling. It’s not too late as the voting to select the 77 nominees will run until July 7 2009.

Other categories

Other categories are landscapes and ice formations; mountians and volcanoes; caves, rock formation and valleys; forests, national parks and national reserves; lakes, rivers and waterfalls; and seascapes.

I wonder why Mulu Caves, the biggest caves in the world, did not make it to the list. Maybe nobody made the nomination or it could have been eliminated in preliminaries.

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