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PUBLISHED: Aug 28, 2015 1:51pm

Google Malaysia offers panoramic views of the country’s coastline

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Fernando Fong

Google Malaysia managing director Sajith Sivanandan (left) and Malaysian Nature Society president Henry Goh during the launch. — TRP pic by Kenneth Wan

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KUALA LUMPUR, August 28, 2015:

Google Malaysia today announced a major update to Google Maps in Malaysia by publishing comprehensive street view imagery of Peninsular Malaysia, from Tumpat in Kelantan to Langkawi, Kedah.

Sajith Sivanandan, managing director of Google Malaysia said the new imagery launch followed the completion of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and Google Malaysia’s Paddle For Nature project –  a kayak expedition to collect visual imagery of Peninsular Malaysia’s coastline and also a fundraising campaign for MNS.

Paddle For Nature, he said, also happened to be the first Street View special collection to circumnavigate a country’s national coastline, including beaches that could only be accessible from the sea, with Google’s Street View trekker mounted on a kayak.

“This is literally the first of its kind in the world for Street View, and we are very pleased to share these new panoramic images.

“Now, Google Maps users can circumnavigate virtually and retrace the path of the kayak which set off from Kelantan in Sept 2014 and wrapped up its expedition in Kuala Perlis in March,” he told reporters at a Press conference at Google Malaysia office in KL Sentral, today.

MNS president Henry Goh said the project started small but with support from Google Malaysia, it managed to garner attention in the country and also internationally.

“The project helped to highlight the beauty of Malaysia’s coastlines and threats facing its shores, waters and marine life.

“The whole world can now have access to the visuals, sharing our appreciation of nature and support our conservation efforts.

“MNS couldn’t have done this without Google Malaysia and by believing in our project.”

Goh said MNS was hoping to make the project its signatory event for marine conservation, where many more volunteers could be involved in creating awareness of marine heritage and the need to protect it.

He added that the imagery collected would assist MNS to advise local authorities to clean up the environment accordingly, such as affected mangrove forests.

Goh also noted that MNS was assisted by volunteers in making the project a success.

For next year, he added, MNS would conduct an open sea crossing from Tioman Island to the mainland to highlight its marine and terrestrial projects.

Since 2013, Google Street View has been travelling around Malaysia to capture imagery of the country, publishing the scenery around Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia.

These inlude public roads, major highways and tolled roads, state roads, urban centres and neighbourhoods.

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