I WAS sad to read “Treasures from the cave” (The Star, Feb 28) about the new crystal gallery in Penang.
The article mentioned how the collection of crystals from caves was amassed over 10 years and all from the northern region of peninsula Malaysia.
The cave crystals found in stalactites and stalagmites took millions of years to form. Once removed, they will not be replaced.
Despite what the article said, they are beautiful in their natural setting in the cave and they all contribute to the attraction of the cave formations.
In many countries, removing speleothems such as stalactites and crystals from caves is a serious offence.
Sadly, Malaysia has no such protection for its caves.
It fact it is almost encouraged, especially in the northern states.
This is akin to stealing from Mother Nature, and then charging people to see the stolen goods.
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