Vanishing limestone


  • Letters
  • Saturday, 05 Nov 2011

YOUR Starprobe on the limestone export, “Raw deal” (The Star, Nov 3) is timely and long overdue.

It is an eye-opener and the Government must take urgent remedial measures to save this “raw gold”.

The limestone hills of Perak are very obvious when you travel along the North-South Expressway or when you use the old trunk road.

It is a sight to behold and one usually associates it with a drive that it is nearing Ipoh.

No where else in Malaysia can you see such majestic limestone hills in abundance as in Simpang Pulai near Ipoh.

Unfortunately, every time one passes by this picture postcard natural rock formation, the sight seems to be changing.

It has been “butchered” over the years for profit because of our ignorance.

What a waste of natural beauty, worse still, a raw deal?

I have always stressed to the tourism authorities of Perak, when I last did a tourism promotional video for the state, that the unique selling point of the silver state was the limestone hills.

The beauty starts from the state’s highest waterfall, the Lata Kinjang, visible from the highway near Tapah right up to Gua Tempurung and Simpang Pulai area. The scenery is breathtaking.

Perak has all the wonders of nature but efforts are not forthcoming in promoting its tourism potential to the fullest, both at state and federal level.

On a more significant note, when a new boutique spa retreat opened its doors recently near Tambun, their effort to promote holistic yoga and spa ritual in the limestone hills, received worldwide accolade.

Tourism potentials aside, normally minerals of any kind, even limestone, are a country’s bounty that must be guarded carefully.

We also have a Geological Museum in Perak and naturally we have geologists who can do extensive research and tap the full potential of the limestone, yet we are on the losing end?

ZARI MALAYSIANA,

Petaling Jaya.

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