Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Panti Bird Sanctuary Launch, 9 August 2010

Setting up MNS' booth on 8 Aug 2010
MNS members with YB Dato' Abdul Ghani Othman, the Chief Minister of Johor

Maye, Wee Chin and a volunteer from MNS Selangor manning the MNS' booth

Visitors at MNS' booth

Finally, Panti Bird Sanctuary (PBS) was launched by the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Iskandar on Monday, 9 August 2010. The launch is part of the Kembara Mahkota, which started from Pontian and ended in Kota Tinggi. The sultan rode in riding his signature "tiger stripes" motorbike accompanied by the Tengku Mahkota (Tengku Ismail) and other motorcyclists. The Menteri Besar was also there but I am not sure he rode a bike or not.
Waiting for Tuanku's visit

About 40 MNS Johor members were present during the launch, which also included the launch of Vincent Chow's book with the Johor Forestry Department titled "On Feathered Wings".

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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Skudai, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
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.