Re: Issues in Malaysian Birding

To: "Lim Aun Tiah" <>
Subject: Re: Issues in Malaysian Birding
From: "Brian Everingham" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 20:23:45 +1100
Hi all
Laurie is right about the impact of palm oil plantations and I have just
completed the survey and did highlight that plight.

I might add, that from the shores of Australia, I am a card-carrying member
of MNS, so perhaps I should declare this interest now.

Brian Everingham

On 14/02/07, Lim Aun Tiah <> wrote:

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
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
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.
project is funded by the Bank of Japan. NGOs argue that alternative ways
meeting KL's water demand  should be explored. If the dam is built,
birdable area will be lost.

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