Clement Lee

Clement Lee, Malaysia Dive Ambassador and Conservation Fellow

A very strong protector and conservationist of the Ocean, Clement Lee Ngak Yeo, one of the pioneer of Dive Industry in Sabah in 1983 and also the pioneer of  the now renown Sipadan Island in Semporna, has been retired since 2014 after having led the Dive Company he help founded in early 1983 – Borneo Divers.

Despite losing millions of Ringgit, Clement was noted for making the bold decision to agree to vacate the Sipadan island in 2004 just to protect the fragile environment of the island, and today, Sipadan is the World Role Model for conservation.

He has received numerous recognition awards notably in 2008 when he received the ”DEMA Reaching Out Award“, making him the first Asian to get recognized by the World’s largest Dive Association DEMA ( Diving Equipment Marketing Association ) in Las Vegas. 

He is also now the Life Honorary Member of Emirates Diving Association (EDA) in UAE.

In 2011, he was inducted into the “International Scuba Diver Hall of Fame“, which is a prestigious  recognition in Cayman Island that is awarded to individuals like the late legend Captain Jacques, world famous photographer David Doublet, PADI founders the late John Cronin and Ralf Erickson, just to name a few.

Clement has also received awards from PADI, Tourism Malaysia. Besides that, he has been a Sabah Tourism Board member for 9 years, appointed in 2004 and put in charge of Dive industry development in Sabah. The divers’ arrival and Sabah Dive Tourism receipt rose from few thousands a year to now about 55,000 (75,000 in 2017) with Dive Tourism Receipt now rank over RM385 million (RM420 millions in 2017) a year. Clement was also the Chairman of the Sabah Tourism Dive Committee until he retired in 2012.

Having travelled all over the world to promote Diving for Sabah, Clement has been appointed as Tourism Malaysia Adviser for Diving in May 2015 and his new role is to continue promoting the diving scene and Dive Industry in Malaysia through talks.


Dear Valued Guests,

Please be informed that the Malaysian government has extended the Movement Control Order (MCO) for another 14 days, from 18 March 2020 until 14 April 2020 to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 in the country. The extension of the MCO was announced on 25 March 2020 by the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at 1300 hours.

What Sukau Rainforest Lodge are doing during this time:

  • All customers who are currently on tour with us will continue their tour but exclude attractions that are closed. Please inform us if you would prefer to cut-short your tour.
  • All customers who are travelling with us from 18 March 2020 onwards will be given a 12-months Flexi Plan. If you wish to cancel your tour instead, please let us know.
  • Due to the government requirement, our lodge will need to be closed for two weeks from 18 March 2020 to 14 April 2020. We will still be reachable during this time.