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.