The scene is set. Great weather, flocking birds and a whole lot of news journalists. The day couldn’t be better that this – it was perfect.
We all know that real conservation work is done in the outdoors. Not in the office. Hence, having a press conference under the morning sky was the natural thing to do. By 9am, the countryside of Batu Gajah sprung into life and Kinta Nature Park became the center of frenzy.
TV crews and news reporters came from all corners of the country to catch a glimpse of Malaysia’s largest heronry and to soak up some bad news – the roosting ground is at the verge of destruction.
Mooted by Vice Chairman Lee Ping Kong and Bird Group Co-ordinator Lim Kim Chye, the outdoor press conference’s main objective was to highlight unscrupulous activities that have infringed the park reserve boundary.
YB Datuk Hamidah Osman, the Exco in charge of Perak state tourism and environment, was present to brief journalists on steps to be taken by the state government to safeguard the park. She promised that the Kinta Nature Park predicament will be brought up and discussed in the next exco meeting.
It was unfortunate that representatives from Perhilitan did not turn up although personally invited by YB Datuk Hamidah. During the walkabout tour, she spent some time making phone calls to Perhilitan office to get a clearer picture. She was also perplexed by the guard’s attitude (yes, there is one at the gateway) when asked why he did not stop anyone from fishing or dredging sand in the park.
MNS Perak Branch stressed that the place must be gazetted as a protected sanctuary as soon as possible to prevent further unlawful intrusion.
TV stations’ microphones all aimed at Lim Kim Chye
During the frenzy of press conference, no one notice that the poor YB was already standing at water edge. Thank goodness pressmen stopped short of pushing her over
Scribbling only journalists can understand
Road map issued by VC Lee Ping Kong to help everyone find Kinta Nature Park
While everyone was drawn to the key storyline, this photographer preferred dead fishes for insight
YB Datuk Hamidah wasn’t too happy with the response by Perhilitan
So far, roughly RM625,000.00 has been spent to spruce up Kinta Nature Park. Without doubt, the observation tower is the star attraction here
While everyone was busy debating about how Kinta Nature Park can be saved, locals continued to cast their fishing lines into the lake … tsk tsk
VC Lee Ping Kong in his element with RTM crew
It’s true what they say: Newscaster only need to look good waist up. Notice the sandals🙂
The guard said he is only taking care of amenities around the park. Dubious activities and intrusion is not in his job description, nevermind the Perhilitan payroll
Surrender yourself to Kinta Nature Park’s breathtaking landscape
MNS Perak Branch would like to thank YB Datuk Hamidah Osman, news journalists, filming crews and all who have helped made this open-air press conference successful. Even the warm blue sky is smiling on us. We would also like to express our deepest appreciation to MNS veteran members who came to lend their support.
Special features will be highlighted by prominent TV stations like Bernama, TV3, Astro Awani, NTV7 in their respective prime news slot tonight.