Words and images by Lim Kim Chye
The 3rd project meeting was held on 26 March 2011 mainly for the villagers to introduce the new firefly eco-tourism group they had formed to the project co-ordinators. Matters related to the formation of the firefly tourism group such as ROS registration, bank account, constitution, logo etc were also on the agenda.The boat operators have formed a working committee for their firefly eco-tourism group which they name Kelip-kelip Cahaya Alam Perak, with the acronym KECAP. Various committee members have been given portfolios in the AJK e.g. jetty maintenance, safety, education etc. The logo depicts a caricature of a firefly with the backdrop of a tree (representing Beremban tree [Sonneratia caseolaris]) against blue background (river). Main colours are white, black and yellow which are colours of Perak flag.
Due to a clash with a booking by a tour group, the meeting which was scheduled for 8.45 pm, started very late at 11.30 pm, after the boat operators had finished with the tourists. One good thing that came out of this mix-up (it was also Earth Hour night!) was that we were able to observe how the boat operators handled the large group of some 35 tourists who arrived in a bus from KL.
There was generally a lack of co-ordination among the operators, unnecessary delays and lapse in safety issues in the handling of the crowd. These issues will be included in the tourist guide module that will be in the training workshop scheduled for May 14 & 15, 2011.
For information on firefly trips, please contact Cikgu Khairul (KECAP Secretary) at 012-5145023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.