Re: Issues in Malaysian Birding

To: <>, "Laurie Living" <>, "Connie Khoo" <>, "'BIRDING-AUS'" <>, "Rob Farnes" <>, "R.Surachai" <>, "Mark Fanthorpe" <>, "ken & vivien harris" <>, "Keith Johnson" <>, "Carl Clifford" <>
Subject: Re: Issues in Malaysian Birding
From: "Lim Aun Tiah" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 15:01:18 +1000
Hi Laurie,
I would encourage people to give their opinions regarding the impact of clearing rainforests for oil-palm plantations. I am confident that the final MNS report and recommendations will be made available to the Ministry of Environment, other than the Ministry of Tourism..

Opinions and views expressed by foreigners do carry weight. I understand that the newly appointed Minister responsible for environment is receptive to suggestions/ideas.But whether he has the conviction and courage to push his way for the sake of the environment remains to be seen.

The latest hot issue concerning the environment is the Malaysian govt's plan to dam the Kelau River( in central Pahang), then pipe the water to Kuala Lumpur.A large area of rain forest around Kelau River will be flooded. Environmental groups in Malaysia are against the plan. Here, the debate becomes contentious. The authorities claim that without the piped water from central Pahang, Kuala Lumpur will be short of water by 2012. The project is funded by the Bank of Japan. NGOs argue that alternative ways of meeting KL's water demand should be explored. If the dam is built, another birdable area will be lost.

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