Look after hiking trails


  • Letters
  • Thursday, 02 Oct 2003

PENANGITES are blessed with good food, good beaches, and an international airport to boot.  

The best part is the numerous hiking trails along the slopes of Penang Hill.  

These trails snake up the slopes of the hill with rest stops such as Station 84, Station 3, Station 5, Station 21 and Station 39. 

All the stations provide drinking water, coffee, tea and even biscuits.  

Station 3 gets top marks for serving fried noodles from its own kitchen. 

Hundreds, from grandfathers to children, trek these trails on weekdays, swelling to thousands on weekends.  

No wonder, the wooden steps and paths are often badly eroded, and the trails get slippery when it rains.  

Fellow hikers provide voluntary service to fix the steps and dig side drains.  

But given the traffic on these public trails, it is time the state government made a study of the numerous trails to upgrade the paths and steps. 

It should also look at aspects of safety, maintenance and erosion control to minimise disturbance to the forest reserve and provide basic facilities at these public places. 

Tagging the forest trees along the trails will be an educational bonus.  

Perhaps, we can learn from the management of hiking trails in Australia and the Lake District in Britain. 

After all, trekking is a premier way to promote wholesome living and good health.  

S.B. CHIU, Penang. (via e-mail

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 Letters

Difference between an engineering specialist and a tabloid columnist
Encouraging signs in fight against Covid-19
Building trust in Malaysian society
Campaign should aim to add to number of trees
Sunshine and healthy kids
Let’s focus on fighting this pandemic together
Covid-19 vaccine: Should Malaysia adopt the one-dose policy?
Aren’t veterinarians considered frontliners too?
Single-dose CanSino a pragmatic approach in vaccination for remote areas
Vaccination for people with disabilities

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers