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Into the wilds

Photographer Ong Soon Hin and LEONG SIOK HUI had joined a group of Singaporean kids and their parents on an outdoor excursion to Endau-Rompin National Park in Johor.

Another reason to visit Lembah Bujang

Few would have expected that an international motorcross championship could be held in the vicinity of a museum. The undulating hilly terrain, the running stream and the soil texture near the Lembah Bujang (Bujang Valley) Archaeological Museum in Merbok, near Sungai Petani, Kedah turned out to be a perfect spot for the Merbok International Enduro 2002 motorcross championship.

Bordering on injustice

How would you like to get married in this town? Doesn't look too romantic, huh? This is Pekan Siam, across the border from Padang Besar, Perlis, where rice retailing and polygamy peddling can go on in the same shoplot.

Saving the good little diver

For anyone who#8217;s taken a trip to Australia#8217;s Philip Island (just off Melbourne), the sight of the Penguin Parade on its western shores is surely one that families enjoy.

Truly grisly

Equipment used in some of the most horrific forms of torture are now on display at the I>Tortura/Iexhibition in Malacca.

A friend indeed

While the public only know Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah as the Sultan of Selangor, not many get the chance to know him personally. Who is the man who wears the crown? KEE HUA CHEE penetrates a circle of friends who have known Tuanku for decades.

Much to lose despite heli-logging

THE last swathe of pristine forest in Kedah may soon succumb to helicopter logging if a project to harvest timber in the state gets under way. While the immediate economic gains may seem attractive, the environmental cost may just be too much. The Ulu Muda forest reserve which was earmarked for Phase One of the project, is not only rich in flora and fauna, but also serves as a vital water catchment area, providing water for the states of Penang, Perlis and Kedah. TAN CHENG LI reports.

Wastewater recycling

AUSTRALIANS are just as worried as Malaysians and Singaporeans about water, its quality and its quantity.

Quenching a thirsty continent

Water is a resource likely to have more impact on the world#8217;s future than even the Iraq war, said activists at the just concluded World Water Council#8217;s third World Water Forum in Kyoto. Half the world#8217;s population may not have enough of it by 2025. Small wonder then that the bottled water business is so attractive. Nowhere more so than in dry Australia, writes ILSA SHARP from Perth.

Replanting rare orchids

The Society of Regional Environmental Awareness of Cameron Highlands (REACH), formed by concerned residents alarmed by unbridled development in the highlands, is a sterling example of what a group of like-minded individuals can do to promote conservation. The group's next uphill task: to rescue wild orchids which face the twin threat of indiscriminate destruction of their habitats and over-collection of commercial purposes.