[UPDATE: Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said an official supporting committee has already been set up. He told The Star that the committee, set up two weeks ago, is headed by Sabah Tourism chairman Tengku Datuk Zainal Adlin Tengku Mahmud.

It's good to know that something is being done about the OSC. Now we can all vote for Sipadan]

Orginial posting:

I hate to pour cold water on the people’s enthusiasm about Sipadan Island but this is something I’ve just got to do.

By now, many people would have already aware that Sipadan Island is in the running for the New Seven Wonders of Nature title.

But no matter how many votes Sipadan Island is getting, there is no way — I repeat, no way — that the tropical island can become one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, unless the authorities in Sabah do something to support the island’s nomination.

You know why? Because as of today, no one has set up an official supporting committee (OSC) to back the island’s listing. Without an OSC, Sipadan Island will become ineligible for the next stages of voting.

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Destined for elimination?

There are several stages to the voting process, the first being to select 77 out of 261 nominees, voting of which is under way until mid-July this year.

From the list of 77 nominees, only those “officially supported” are eligible to participate in the next round of voting, that is to shortlist 21 nominees.

Of the 21, seven will be selected as the New Seven Wonders of Nature, results of which will be announced in 2011.

Not too late to form official supporting committee

I’ve explain the need for official support in my previous entry, but to emphasis the importance of an official supporting committee, let me reproduce some of the points:

As of today, there is no official supporting committee for Sipadan yet. According to the campaign organiser:

WITHOUT AN OFFICIAL SUPPORTING COMMITTEE (OSC), A NOMINEE CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN THE NEXT STAGES OF THE NEW7WONDERS OF NATURE CAMPAIGN.

To become an official support committee, one “must be authorised by a legitimate national, regional or local government or public authority with responsibility for the nominee location.”

An official supporting committee can be set up by filling up a form which can be downloaded here.eport

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