Thursday, January 12, 2017

披新装迎全国大团拜 文冬市区红彤彤

披新装迎全国大团拜 文冬市区红彤彤



文冬古庙广福庙悬挂红彤彤灯笼,晚上显得有新年气氛。

配合彭亨州旅游年以及全国华人新春大团拜在文冬举行,加上文冬已经成为全国注目的旅游热点,文冬市区将会悬挂更多红彤彤灯笼,预料文冬今年的新春气氛比往年浓。

文冬大会堂管辖的文冬古庙广福庙于日前已经悬挂红灯笼,展现出新年将来临,而每晚也看到红彤彤。

文冬文化街坐落在文冬崔贤街,该处也将会在近期县挂灯笼,而文冬辛炳街和陆佑街也将由市议会进行美化,以迎接华人农历新年到来。

文冬华人大会堂主席拿督斯里罗龙年受询时指出,该堂已经在广福庙县挂灯笼,而且也会负责在文化街,特别在文冬华人大会堂前悬挂更多灯笼,让所有旅客及人民能够感受到新年气氛。

“文冬的旅游业在大家努力推动下,已经成为旅游区,每个星期六、日或假期获得众多全国各地以及国外旅客到来文冬,所以身为文冬的一分子要全力配合,推动文冬旅游业。”

他希望文冬各团体也配合,将会馆及会所美化,让文冬能够展示出有更浓厚的新年气氛,让旅游带来更加好的回忆。

他说,大会堂前也将会有如往年一样进行布置,让旅客及市民能够有一个拍照的地点,让该街道有更浓厚的新年气氛。

广西会馆装LED柔性霓虹灯

文冬广西会馆大厦已经悬挂红彤彤的灯笼,该馆也已经从中国广州订购LED柔性霓虹灯,并会在这两天安装,预料星期六能够装好。

该会会长李茂权周三下午向记者指出,该会馆坐落文冬文化街,广西会馆是个重要地标,配合旅客到文冬,让大家对广西会馆能够留下好印象,所以在该4层大厦安装这种灯管。

他说,该馆董事多次到访中国广西而看到广西很多地标建筑物也安装这些灯管,所以回来讨论后,大家也一致通过为了提升文冬旅游业,也在建筑物四周安置。

“这些的LED柔性霓虹灯每天都开,直到午夜12时,而会馆前的红灯笼则悬挂到元宵,过后将拆下。”

他说,安装灯管时必须要租用升降机,为了避免交通受影响,安装工程将在午夜进行。

~以上新闻转自中国报~

Thursday, January 5, 2017

别拿生命开玩笑! 民众无视升红旗禁嬉水指示

别拿生命开玩笑! 民众无视升红旗禁嬉水指示



周三的直落尖不叻海边,虽已升起红旗,仍有民众带着孩子在岸边嬉水作乐。



目前已进入雨季,关丹直落尖不叻海边每天都升起红旗,禁止民众下水。

关丹直落尖不叻海边每月平均发生约10宗不听劝及无视红旗,依然嬉水游泳的案件,让驻守在该处的关丹民防部队救生员大感无奈。

彭亨州民防部队天灾管理及行动组副主任阿末法兹里少校指出,虽没有正式记录在案,但据估计,该局自派救生员到关丹直落尖不叻海边驻守及展开拯救行动以来,每月发生约10宗不听救生员劝告,同时无视升起红旗禁止嬉水及游泳的指示,依然随心所欲的案件。

他说,该些不听劝者多是年轻人,他们虽没有对救生员破口大骂,但就是不肯遵从劝告,依然下水。

民众屡劝不听

“救生员站岗时,会巡视海边情况,并看到有人无视红旗并下水时,就会趋前给予劝告,一些民众会说,‘只玩一下就好,或者是只在岸边嬉水’,婉拒救生员的好意。”

他说,由于该局没有执法权,也没有法律条文来限制民众听劝,因此,救生员也无可奈何,只能站在原地保护该些不听劝者。

“民众若在海边发生意外,后果自负。”他说,从肉眼看去,已可发现海浪波涛汹涌,实在不宜下水,但就是有人不当一回事。

“只有升起白旗时,才可下水。”

他说,民众的自我保护意识有待提升,不能为了一时欢乐造成乐极生悲的下场。

“无论如何,据我观察,近年来,民众的自我保护意识稍微提升,但还有很大的提升空间。”

他解释,今年起至今,该海边并没有发生溺毙案,这是难得现象,也是民众意识提升的象征。

~以上新闻转自中国报~

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Visit Pahang 2017 彭亨旅游年


Get ready for a wet, wet new year

Get ready for a wet, wet new year

Downpours and intermittent showers around the country are expected to persist until the end of the year causing floods especially in the east coast states.

The Meteorological Department issued a heavy rain warning for Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan with Maran, Bera, Rompin, Pekan, Kuantan and Jerantut in Pahang, and Terengganu likely to experience moderate intermittent showers until Wednesday during the mid north-east monsoon season.

“The heavy rain warning (Orange Stage) issued at 10.15pm on Dec 25 is still valid,” it said in a Facebook posting yesterday.

It said Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya were set to experience isolated rain until the new year mostly in the afternoon and evening.

Terengganu was on high alert between Dec 13 and Dec 22 following an earlier forecast of heavy rains and high tides of up to 3.5m in Kemaman.

The first wave of floods in several states in the peninsula had receded, but the wet weather due to the North-East monsoon will persist for those living in the east coast.

Early this year, authorities were pre-occupied with the big clean-up following the big floods that swamped many states, especially in the east coast.

Torrential rain which lasted for days caused several main rivers such as Sungai Galas, Sungai Lebir, Sungai Nenggiri and Sungai Kelantan to burst their banks, submerging almost all of the state’s districts.

Statistics from the Kelantan National Security Council showed that over 170,000 families were relocated to 170 relief centres at the height of the floods.

Kuala Krai was among the worst hit districts with 16,734 families reportedly affected.

This year, the authorities are already on standby while flood simulation exercises have been carried out with the Fire and Rescue Department as part of preparation to face the rainy season.

Science, Technology and Inno­vation Minister Datuk Seri Madius Tangau had said Kelantan, Tereng­ganu, Pahang and eastern Johor were expected to get more than 500mm of rainfall this month.

Heavy rain is expected over Kelantan beginning yesterday until Wednesday.

Johor and Sarawak (Kuching, Samarahan, Serian, Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Mukah and Bintulu divisions) can also expect heavy downpours from Wednesday until Friday.

Updates on the weather conditions are available on MetMalaysia’s website at www.met.gov.my, myCuaca mobile application, Facebook malaysiamet, Twitter @malaysianmet or MetMalaysia Hotline 1-300-22-1638.

~News courtesy of The Star~

土崩水灾不损游兴.金马仑旅业炽热

土崩水灾不损游兴.金马仑旅业炽热

金马仑于昨日圣诞佳节发生土崩及闪电水灾,不过由于发生的地点是非旅游区,加上情况不严重,因此并没有影响到访金马仑的人潮,当地旅游业在这个3天连假的小黄金周依然一片炽热。



金马仑土崩情况不太严重,并没有造成人命伤亡。(图:星洲日报)

金马仑于昨日圣诞佳节发生土崩及闪电水灾,不过由于发生的地点是非旅游区,加上情况不严重,因此并没有影响到访金马仑的人潮,当地旅游业在这个3天连假的小黄金周依然一片炽热。

受访的金马仑旅游业者认为,此次土崩及水灾情况不严重,对到访金马仑的人潮和旅游业并没有造成影响。

金马仑昨日因一场豪雨引致土崩,波及国能公司(TNB)一间用作旅馆用途的别墅和4辆轿车,所幸无造成人命伤亡。

当地政党和业者澄清并强调,昨日的土崩情况并不是太严重,并没有像网络上所流传山水倾泻而下的短片般,所以希望民众不必太担心,业者也相信不会影响旅游业。

陈姝娟:没网传般严重

马华金马仑区会妇女组主席陈姝娟向星洲日报《大霹雳》社区报表示,昨日发生的土崩并不如网络上流传般严重,只是从丹那拉打和冷力之间的路段,有两处土崩,善后工作也在昨日的7时左右完成。

她指出,由于昨日是圣诞佳节,前往金马仑的人潮非常多,加上清理工作进行时关闭了一边通道,所以塞车情况严重。不过,清理工作完成后,一切已恢复正常。

她说,昨日的一场大雨也导致丹那拉打一所中学旁的河水上涨,另外,哈布(Habu)的河流和水坝的水位也上升。

她也说,所幸,大雨没有延续太久才不至于引发严重灾情。

她表示,暂时未能看见土崩事件是否对旅游业有影响,不过,有关当局已下令员工12月不得休假,随时候命,当局也密切检测水坝的水位,做好防范工作,游客大可放心。

庄文贵:仅小段路土崩

金马仑EQ新鲜草莓及蔬果供应店老板庄文贵表示,昨日是因为下了一场维持约2至3小时的大雨才导致土崩,不过只是一小部份,情况并不严重。

他指出,今年的人潮多,整体而言,近几年来的游客量属于稳定,证明过去的洪灾和土崩事件并没有造成影响。

他也相信,这起土崩事件不会影响接下来几天的人潮。

谢小姐:圣诞节最多游客

金马仑薰衣草花园经理谢小姐表示,昨日圣诞节是游客最多的一天,今日人潮则开始减少了。

她认为,土崩事件可能会导致民众害怕上山,不过,由于年终假期已接近尾声,尽管有影响也不大。

蔡国林:土崩影响不大

帝沙酒店董事经理拿督蔡国林表示,丹那拉打发生土崩的地点处于小路,不是主要道路,所以其实影响不大。

他指出,事件发生在圣诞节当天算是不幸中的大幸,如果是早数天发生,对旅游业的影响可能将会更大。

“许多游客在圣诞节前几天就已上山或入住酒店,所以影响不大,如果早几天前发生,原本打算上山的人就可能打消念头了,进而影响圣诞节的生意。”

他说,今年年终假期的游客比去年多了30%,尤其有很多新加坡旅客,他估计可能是因为马币疲软,吸引国外游客。



土崩发生后善后,工作迅速展开。(图:星洲日报)



土崩发生后的第二天即26日(星期一),上山的车辆仍非常多,游客并没有因为土崩而影响到访金马仑的雅兴。(图:星洲日报)



金马仑在圣诞节连续3天假期,游客人数达高峰,不少旅游景点都泊满车子,由于公假于周一结束,下山方向的道路更出现塞车情况。(图:星洲日报)



金马仑热门景点之一──熏衣草花园,周一迎来大批游客。(图:星洲日报)

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星洲日报‧大霹雳‧2016.12.26

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Can a dying lake in Pahang be revived?

Can a dying lake in Pahang be revived?



The blues, greens, greys and fiery orange of the evening sky reflected off the waters of Tasik Chini, Pahang, the palette interrupted only by dots of sweet pink from the few blooming lotus flowers. Our boat of journalists whizzed across the water, surrounded by green hills that come down to the lake’s edge.

I had heard years ago that Tasik Chini has been ravaged by poorly planned “development” and that the orang asli here had likened the lake water to teh tarik.

But the Federal and State Governments are trying to rectify the ecological sins of the past.

Prior to this, lotus plants – the symbol of Tasik Chini – and lake fish had been dying, slowly succumbing to the pollution and siltation caused by uncontrolled logging and mining in the surrounding areas.

Improper agricultural practices also led to the leakage of fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides into the lake, affecting plant and animal life.

The hunting, gathering and fishing by the orang asli here (from the Jakun and Semai ethnic groups) had been jeopardised by the logging and mining, while their tourism income dwindled as fewer visitors came.

Even the possible sighting of “Naga Seri Gumum” (Malaysia’s version of the Loch Ness monster) and legends of an ancient sunken Khmer city were not enough to entice visitors.

Now, there is a concerted effort to revitalise the lake that is being undertaken by various government agencies. Spearheading these efforts are University Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) Tasik Chini Research Centre.



Orang asli from the Jakun tribe live along the shores of the lake.

A crucial part of the centre is the Tasik Chini Freshwater Laboratory Complex, which was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak on Oct 15.

This complex, located on 4ha of land granted by the Pahang State Government, will monitor the lake’s water quality. It was built by the East Coast Economic Region Development Council. This is part of the Government’s Strategic Implementation Plan for Tasik Chini up to 2025.

The CEO of the Tasik Chini East Coast Economic Region Development Council, Datuk Seri Jeba-singam Issace John, said real-time monitoring is supposed to ensure that any threat to the lake’s water quality from siltation, logging, mining and agricultural activities will be detected immediately.

“Seven water quality monitoring stations (telemetry stations) located at the major feeder rivers surrounding Tasik Chini have been built,” he said adding that this was in addition to other efforts like slope stabilisation, a fish nursery and lake clean-ups.

He claimed that this work has improved the overall water quality to Class II – up from Class III in 2008 – allowing recreational activities to be safely conducted here again. The goal is to improve the water quality to Class I by 2018, which is safe to drink without additional treatment.

This will also enable Tasik Chini to maintain its Biosphere Reserve status granted by Unesco (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). Only two lakes in Malaysia have been awarded this status: Tasik Chini and Tasik Bera, both in Pahang.

The Pahang State Government has mooted a Special Area Plan to monitor and enforce lake rehabilitation works. The aim is to re-establish Tasik Chini as a premier ecotourism destination in time for Visit Pahang Year 2017.

Responding to questions on how effective enforcement has been, John said there is a special Tasik Chini Enforcement, Conservation and Maintenance committee headed by the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

“Enforcement will be a key initiative,” he said.



Now that the lake’s water is Class II – it’s alright for skin contact – the kids from nearby Kampung Cendahan often go for evening swims.

Head of the freshwater laboratory complex Prof Datuk Dr Mushrifah Idris said the water quality improvement has been a catalyst for recovery.

“The lotus iconic to Tasik Chini, which was under threat, was reintroduced and has helped revive the lake’s natural ecosystem,” she said, adding that the diversity of fish in Tasik Chini has also flourished.

Other initiatives by UKM are efforts to reduce river bank erosion and control sedimentation.

The three management zones – the core, buffer and transition zones created in adherence to Unesco’s Biosphere Reserve framework – each has its own level of eco protection and permitted human activities to foster balanced development.

UKM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Innovation) Prof Datuk Dr Mazlin Mokhtar said balancing environmental needs and development is not easy, and plans to rehabilitate Tasik Chini until it becomes a leading ecotourism destination will ultimately benefit locals through jobs and business opportunities.

“What we have today is borrowed from the future, and in our culture, when we borrow something we have to return it in similar or better condition,” he said.

Tasik Chini challenges

There are still many unanswered questions regarding Tasik Chini’s future, said Prof Dr Maketab Mohamed, a former Malaysian Nature Society president, when contacted for comment.

While current rehabilitation efforts are a good step, he wondered if they were enough to solve existing problems.

“There are so many hectares of plantations around the lake, which are sources of water carrying excess fertilisers and pesticides,” he said.

This polluting water is high in nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen), resulting in infestations of exotic plants like ekor kuching (which is distinct from the local species) that choke the lake.

Yes, real-time monitoring of the water quality is good. But the East Coast Economic Region Develop-ment Council and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) do not have the authority to stop the development of surrounding land or enforce regulations, as this comes under the state government, said Prof Maketab.

He recalled that there were about 20 or more nearby low-grade iron ore mines that discharged their wastewater, full of sediment, right into the lake. This continued until as recently as a few years ago, when prices declined as demand from China fell.

“The wastewater from chalets and the national service camps were also not treated well until academicians and NGOs complained, and then it was improved,” added Maketab.

“All these problems have been raised since 2012. It’s been four years and a lot seems to have been done, but there is still scepticism among some of us (academicians and NGOs) over the will to resolve these issues,” he explained.

“We have discussed these issues many times with the State Government. The watershed of Tasik Chini MUST be protected from development and only the orang asli should be allowed to develop the area as they are the original occupants.”


v A traditional dugout boat being made at Kampung Cendahan, Tasik Chini.

UKM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Innovation) Prof Datuk Dr Mazlin Mokhtar said that the orang asli, particularly those from the Jakun and Semai tribe, have been engaged in lake conservation efforts. An Orang Asli Cultural Village and Handicraft Centre has also been set up.
v Maketab added that the goal to clean the lake until it had Class I drinkable water is “wishful thinking” and that a more “achievable target” is Class IIB (which allows for skin contact and, thus, water activities).

Another issue is the barrage (small dam) which was built on Sungai Chini, the river that connects the lake to the mighty Sungai Pahang. This was built after then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed visited the lake and commented that the water level was too low and that it should be raised.

Maketab recalled that the barrage was built in the mid 1990s despite objections from the Department of Drainage and Irrigation.

“The barrage blocks the natural flushing of Tasik Chini when Sungai Pahang has high water levels twice a year. That flushing used to remove pollutants and safeguard water quality. That is the negative hydrological impact,” Maketab said.

In addition, the natural flushing also brings in fish from Sungai Pahang to Tasik Chini and vice versa. “Ask the orang asli when the officials are not around and they will tell you they want the barrage removed,” said Maketab. “They say that was the start of their problems.”

Head of the lake’s freshwater laboratory complex Prof Datuk Dr Mushrifah Idris said that research on the impact of the barrage is being carried out to address the issue of natural flushing.

She also noted that the fish nursery at the lab has successfully conserved and increased the population of indigenous fish species.

“Therefore, whether there is backflow (flushing) from Sungai Pahang during the storm season or not, the fish population will still be conserved,” she said.

In addition to this, flushing may not be so crucial as Tasik Chini is surrounded by natural wetlands which act as a natural cleanser.

~News courtesy of The Star~