Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Launch of Panti Bird Sanctuary, Kota Tinggi, Johor Darul Ta'zim

The Panti Bird Sanctuary is the cumulative results of many years of work between MNS Johor and the Johor Forestry Department. MNS Johor has needled successive Johor Forestry Department's directors starting with Dr. Abdul Rahman Abdul Rahim in 2007 and later with Haji Zulkefli Mokhtar in 2008 and now with Haji Yahaya Mohamood. Only with Haji Yahaya did we see something positive starting with the sponsorship of the printing of the Panti's Coffee Table book titled "On Feathered Wings: The Birds of Panti" by Mr. Vincent Chow, which is to be launched together with the Sanctuary's launch.

The first date chosen for the launch was January 18, 2010 but it was not agreeable to the Chief Minister, Dato' Abdul Ghani Othman. Then the date chosen was March 13, changed to March 14 and later back to March 13. I was not happy with the March 13 date as the date was chosen as the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Parents-Teachers Association (PIBG) for Sek. Men. Keb. Taman Desa Skudai (SMKTDS), where I am the President or Yang DiPertua (YDP).

Suddenly, Tuanku (the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Al-Marhum Sultan Iskandar) indicated he wants to launch the Sanctuary after his return from India on 17 March. Well, with Tuanku's intent, lots of people have to work hard to make sure that things would be pleasing to Tuanku. The most possible launch's date would be some time in the end of March or early April.

Now with Vincent's report about the presence of the military exercises by the Malaysian, Australian and British armies using live bullets on March 13, then some more work would be needed to make sure that the Sanctuary is closed to any military exercises in the future. The Johor Forestry Department has to discuss with the Malaysian Army to find new ground for their exercises.

Suddenly, on the 30 July, when I called Haji Yahaya to ask him about Johor Forestry reforestation plan, I was informed that Tuanku would be launching the event on 9 August, as part of his Kembara Mahkota program.

The event went well with at least 40 participants from MNS Johor and four participants from MNS HQ including Maye Yap and Wee Chin. Tuanku stopped at MNS booth and both Vincent and I got ourselves in the Sin Chew Daily (unfortunately, both of us cannot read Mandarin).


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Gunung Ledang, 21 February 2010

Gunung Ledang, 21 February 2010
On the Peak of Gunung Ledang after the MNSJ Strategic Planning

Malaysian Nature Society, Johor Branch


I am the present Chairman of the Malaysian Nature Society, Johor Branch (MNSJ) (2010-11) and was duly elected as the President of the Malaysian Nature Society at the 63rd AGM at Taman Rimba Lagenda Ledang, Tangkak on 25th Sept. 2010. It is MNSJ's standing policy to engage directly with the relevant Federal and State agencies/departments on issues related to Nature and the Environment. This non-hostile approach is more effective than the hostile "in your face" attitude but we would have our say if necessary.


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I am an academician in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia situated in the southern state of Johor, Peninsular Malaysia. My fields of expertise are watershed management, water quality and water quality modeling. I did my B. Sc. and M. Sc. at the University of Iowa (1978 - 83) and worked for the Department of Environment (DOE) until 1990, when I joined UTM and later did my PhD in Watershed Science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. I was the Chairman of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Johor from 2006 - 2011. I was the President of the MNS from 2010 to 2014.