The Kanthan Cave is now in danger to be blasted in the very near future. Lafarge cement factory has held a meeting with the people around Kanthan Cave to evict the premises. They has planned to start blasting the Kanthan Cave area by 1 June 2013.
Kanthan Cave is a very important cave to be preserved as a natural heritage in Kinta Valley, the reasons are as follow:
1. A species of Trap Door Spider (Liphistius Kanthan) is an endemic species found only in Kanthan Cave and no where else throughout the world, it appears on earth around 367 millions years ago.
2. Circular column-liked fossils of Carboniferous crinoids, the feather-star or sea lilies, are found at the base of the hill, which are at least 300 millions years old.
3. A rare plant occurs only at Kanthan Hill : Paraboea vulpina, this is the only place on earth to find this rare & endangered species.
4. Barassodendron machadonis, a rare palm, and the largest population in Perak, is found at Kanthan Hill.
We hope that the members can help to highlight this issue to the public and the authorities.
Lee Ping Kong
Chairman, Malaysian Nature Society Perak Branch