PEKAN: The prolonged drought and logging operations around the legendary Tasik Cini are affecting the freshwater lake as an attractive tourist spot.
A boatman, who is known to many as Pak Din, said two streams Sungai Cini and Sungai Cendahan that flow in to the lake had dried up.
Ive been working here for many years and this is the first time that the streams have dried up, he said.
Pak Din, 46, also pointed out that the felling of timber on Bukit Tebakang, which is visible from the lake, had spoilt its surroundings.
The view of the hill is spoilt when we take our boats across the lake. When the monsoon season comes, the lake will turn yellow because the earth will be washed into it, he said.
The loggers have chosen a site too near the lake. I wonder why the authorities have allowed them to operate here, he added.
Tasik Cini Resort manager Zaharin Abdul Rashid said the beautiful greenery surrounding the lake had been spoilt because of the hill cutting.
He said tourists had complained about the sight of the hill.
Zaharin also said the hot weather during the past month had caused a slight drop in occupancy rate.
Malaysia Nature Societys Pahang branch chairman Mohd Norawi Mat Isa said if the drought continued, the water in Tasik Cini would be more acidic.
He said a dam was built to increase the water level of the lake so that people could take boat rides during the dry season.
But the dam shouldnt have been built in the first place. The natural ecology of the lake and the river has been affected, he said.
The dam will hold back all sediments and they cannot go their natural course along the river.
By damming up the river, the quality of water in the lake has been affected, Mohd Norawi added.
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