Tea river of Sungai Muda, Kedah


  • Malaysia
  • Friday, 15 Nov 2013

Sira Ayer Hangat literally means ‘Hot Water Salt Lick’. It’s frequented by wildlife.

The pristine forests of Ulu Muda in Kedah hold treasures, not only of fascinating flora and flourishing fauna but also as a crucial water catchment area. But logging is threatening this sanctuary.

WHEN the rains fell, the waters of Sungai Muda in Kedah became like teh tarik or milk tea, a sign of soil erosion from state-sanctioned logging nearby.

This “tea” had a bitter taste for conservationists. Setting off from the smaller tributary, Sungai Labua, it was quite a sight to see its clear waters meeting the larger muddy river.

“One is Teh Tarik, and the other is Teh O (Black Tea)”, quipped our guide Hymeir Kamarudin. Sungai Muda fulfils the water supply needs of Kedah and Penang. As a general rule, there should not be any logging in such a crucial catchment area as it could seriously threaten water quality.

A properly preserved tropical rainforest will have some huge trees such as this. Amazing fairy cups formed by fungi in the rainforest of Ulu Muda.

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Tea river of Sungai Muda , Kedah

   

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