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The spectacular display of lights by the famed fireflies of Kuala Selangor is in danger of fading forever, threatening the livelihood of some, and, more importantly, depriving people of a wonderful experience of nature. DEVID RAJAH and TEOH TEIK HOONG look into how #8220;synchronised#8221; efforts can help bring the lights back.
BURSA Malaysia second-board candidate Progressive Impact Corp Bhd (PIC) expects its revenue and pre-tax profit to grow 15% this year from last year#146;s RM38mil and RM12.6mil respectively, driven by strong demand for environmental services from its multinational oil and gas clients.
A rocky pinnacle rising from the Straits of Malacca, Pulau Perak is Malaysia's outermost island, where few have ventured, apart from fishermen seeking shelter from storms. The last botanical survey dates back some 50 years and declared it a barren rock. But scientists who visited the island were pleasantly surprised to find an array of species, both on land and in the sea.
Villagers in the five orang asli settlements scattered around Tasik Chini will be relocated under a plan to place them in just one area so that they can obtain proper amenities.
Tasik Chini, the country's second-largest freshwater lake, is contaminated with high levels of e-coli, the bacteria that may have caused rashes and diarrhoea among the orang asli living near it. This has prompted the state government to warn the 400 villagers, including 100 children aged six and under, not to drink water from the lake and wells.
If there were any truth of the existence of a dragon in the once-mystical Tasik Chini, it would probably be lying dead at the bottomof the lake by now, choked by man's folly and abuse. DEVID RAJAH and TEOH TEIK HOONG visited Tasik Chini recently, not to lookfor the dragon but to get to the root of the problem - pollution.
State governments have to plug the leaks in the country's 86,000km of water pipelines while they wait for the National Water Services Commission to be set up.