Fraser’s Hill to be kept pristine for migratory birds


  • Nation
  • Monday, 27 Feb 2017

Bird watchers: Students looking for the different kind of species of birds during the event at Fraser’s Hill.

RAUB: Fraser’s Hill which is a habitat for migratory birds will be kept pristine, said state Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin.

“As of now, only 5% of the Fraser’s Hill is developed and there will be no more development. Only upgrading of existing facilities will be allowed,” he said.

“We have to limit the development in the area. This is a well-known tourist attraction and a bird watching destination,” he after attending the closing ceremony of the Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race yesterday.

A total of 315 bird lovers took part in the competition here yesterday.

The participants came from countries such as Japan, Nepal, Canada, France, South Africa, the Netherlands and United Kingdom.

As for the proposed project to have a cable car from Raub to Fraser’s Hill, Mohd Sharkar said the feasibility studies found that it was not viable.

Mohd Sharkar also said that Fraser’s Hill was one of the oldest tourist destinations in the world and that it was loved for its cool climate and greenery.

Last year, the hill resort was a very popular with tourists and welcomed 123,483 visitors, which was a 6% increase compared to 2015.

“One of the main attractions here is bird watching,” he said.

“Our country is in the fourth position in Asia as a birding destination after China, India and Thailand.”

Mohd Sharkar said there were at least 785 species of bird recorded in the country and most of these birds could be found in Fraser’s Hill.

He said BirdLife International, the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, had identified Fraser’s Hill as an “important bird area (IBA)”.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Nation

Spotlight on former Perak MB Ahmad Faizal over claim he is now PM's 'special adviser'
Cops: No further action against teacher over alleged rape jokes made in Ain Husniza’s class
Covid-19: New daily high of 20,596 cases bring total to 1,203,706
One-year multiple visa with stay up to 90 days in Saudi Arabia for visitors from 49 countries
Twitter user thanks PPV staffer for being attentive to needs of deaf community
Row of GOF barracks in Sibu razed by fire
Zahid says Ismail Sabri to face 'consequences' for going against Umno supreme council
Public servant and teen among 15 nabbed for partying
Shahrir suggests Muhyiddin emulate two former premiers
Convene Parliament now to vote on confidence motion, says Pakatan

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers