Besides Bikam, Parit and Chikus Forest Reserves are in trouble, the whole state of Perak is now hit with many ecological vulnerabilities, and many could lead to extinction of species in the region which could lead in unbalance in ecosystem which may alter the local climate, further helping to worsen global warming.
The following are some other highlights of the updates in the eco-disaster in Perak:
1. Kinta Nature Park
A long fight to gazette the nature park, one of the largest heronry in the region along with bird sanctuary for a rich diversity of birds and other wildlife had been getting promise from the Perak government to gazette the park years ago as published in the newspaper. Years had passed, however, we had only gain confirmation that the zone A of the park which is the major area of the heronry is what the state government would be interested to gazette but the rest of the park (Zone B and C) would likely to be commercialized instead. The park is not only about the heronry but also to the unique wetland habitats in Peninsular Malaysia that will ensure the survival of many species, including the less inconspicuous ones that seldom get attention from the public.
2. Khantan Cave
We had issued a Green Alert on the blasting of Khantan Cave not long ago and the branch had been able to temporarily stop the blasting of the cave through the MB office. MNS HQ is now in direct communication with Lafarge Cement to resolve the issue, and for now, at least the Kanthan Cave Trap-Door-Spider and other unique flora and fauna at the hill had temporarily escaped death.
3. Segari Turtle Sanctuary
Due to logging activities in Tanjung Hantu and Segari Melintang Forest Reserves and over fishing in the vicinity, the turtle landing to breed here had reduced from about 200 turtles in 2006 to less than 40 in 2012!
4. Kampung Dew-Sepetang River Fireflies
Our MNS President, Prof Maketab, had carried out firefly zone demarcation project with the funding from the state government for this newly promoted firefly sanctuary that is perhaps one of the best in the country. However, encroachment along the Sepetang river bank still occurs.
5. Mount Yellow
This mountain that is in the Cameron Highlands vicinity had more than 500 acres that had been opened up recently at about 5000 feet a.s.l. by the state government investment arm. The water from Mount Yellow feed directly into the Ulu Kinta Dam that is the main drinking water supply to the Kinta Valley region. This would directly affect the water quality in this region, including the state capital Ipoh.
6. Royal Belum
The Royal Belum State Park had built massive buildings in various camp sites in Royal Belum, which is not inline with the international norm, in the management of a world class tropical rainforest park. The trails are trimmed and cleaned to resemble city gardens, which is not in par with the idea of a natural state park, seriously impacting on the image of the park.
7. Baling Kupang Gerik Highway
Both sides of the forest along this highway are not cut clean, in the name of LTC project. The affected areas included the Belukar Semang Forest Reserve, Bintang Hijau Forest Reserve and Gunung Inas Forest Reserve. This issued had been highlighted in the media, i.e. the Star and TV3, through the initiative of both MNS Perak and MNS Penang.
We would encourage all our members to keep an eye and update the branch if you came across any ecological happenings in the state that worth highlighting. Thank you.