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Only after the last tree has been cut down;
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Only after the last river has been poisoned;
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- Cree Indian Prophecy

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Nature's Voice

by TKM

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world. Indeed,
it's the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead

...What have you done to protect nature?...

On 18 Dec 2004, Kok Boon and I joined a hike organized by Forest Ang to Mengkuang Dam. The leader named it as "Adventurous Trail", but I felt that "Circular Trail" was more suitable. There were a lot of joggers around due to the school holiday. As we proceed along the tarmar road, Ang asked us to see the hilltop surrounding the dam. I was shocked to notice that the cutting of the hill slope was quite obvious.

A not-so-steep slope for about 30 minutes brings us to the edge of the PBA's boundary. I was sad to see the land clearing activity carried outside and also across the fences into the PBA area. Furthermore, the rubber trees were illegally tapped for commercial purpose. The fertilizers used would most likely mixed with the water and then get into the dam. An abandoned hut, which we believed was left behind by the illegal foreign workers was built inside the catchment area. How can all these damaging activities occurred in this water catchments area?

The next day, I woke up early to join a group of hikers for a hike from United Hokkien Cemetery, Teluk Bahang to Pantai Acheh. Once again, Forest Ang was our leader for this trip. Along the way, we saw a lot of rubbish i.e. papers left behind by the irresponsibility parties. For this trip, not much fauna were spotted compared to the yesterday's hike. During the Mengkuang Dam trip, we encountered a squirrel, a number of tiny frogs and a beautiful woodpecker.

After the two consecutive hikes, I realized hiking should not be the aim for exercises only. The destructive activities we encountered which can affect the environment have to be reported for the awareness of the public and authorities.

What have you done to protect nature? Please contact the following:

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