PEKAN: The uniqueness of the flora and fauna at Tasik Cini has attracted researchers from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) to set up a research centre and conduct a comprehensive study.
State Culture, Arts, Tourism and Women’s Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Maznah Mazlan, in welcoming the university's efforts, said the UKM team had applied for a permit to conduct their research.
“Such a research centre is most appropriate as Tasik Cini is already a popular tourism spot.
“One of the main attractions is the rich vegetation and greenery,” she said after a visit to the lake and the proposed site for the centre on Thursday.
Also present were research project manager Associate Professor (Ecotoxicology) Mushrifah Idris, UKM deputy dean Professor Abdul Jalil Abdul Kader and Bukit Fraser Development Board general manager Ishak Mokhtar.
Maznah said that findings from the study would not only be an asset in the academic and environmental fields but also tourism.
“There is a lot of things waiting to explored,” she added.
Assoc Prof Mushrifah said 77 researchers would be involved in the study.
She also said UKM started its study on Tasik Cini as early as 1988 and the findings had attracted many foreign scholars to visit the lake.