Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Trekking Dogs in Bukit Tabur, Kuala lumpur

There are two lovely dogs, following trekkers, going up & down the Bukit Tabur, ( the crystal ridge ) in Kuala Lumpur.

CLICK HERE to watch the dogs in action on Jan 28, 2010.

Baboon in Bukit Tabur

These pictures are from Aloysius's camera, taken in August 2009 in Bukit Tabur,

Are they baboon ? i am not sure !!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Protect forests, scrap proposed KLORR plan

Tuesday January 12, 2010

THE Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) notes with concern that a new expressway which will cut through the Selangor State Park is being planned.

The proposed Kuala Lumpur Outer Ring Road (KLORR) would go from Selayang to Cheras and cut through the Klang Gates Wildlife Reserve and the Ampang and Gombak Forest Reserves.

This project is highlighted by the draft local plans that have recently been produced for the municipalities of Selayang, Ampang Jaya and Kajang.

The forests here are important for sustaining a wide variety of animals and plants, including large mammals such as the tapir, the MNS mascot.

We note that when a highway was built through the forests at Bukit Cherakah, at least seven tapirs ended up as roadkill.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the Malayan tapir (tapirus indicus) as an endangered species and it will be threatened further if the proposed road goes ahead.

Furthermore, the project will result in the further fragmentation of forest in Selangor. Fragmentation is a serious problem for wildlife in that their remaining population will be effectively divided.

MNS recognises that the Klang Valley needs a system of sustainable transportation to mitigate future traffic woes. What we need is new public transportation infrastructure because building new highways is not a long-term solution to congestion.

Expanding road infrastructure does not solve traffic woes in the long run as it only promotes development further afield and therefore urban sprawl (because as a highway initially shortens travel time, commuters would be encouraged to live further from the urban centre).

MNS objects to the plan to route the KLORR though the State Park and proposes that the state government stand true to its commitment to protect the forests for future generations.

The KLORR should be scrapped and removed from the draft local plans. The sanctity of the Selangor State Park should be maintained and further deforestation should be avoided.

Selangor Branch Chairman,
Malaysian Nature Society.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

How To Get To The Foothill Of Bukit Tabur

Further to our posting on how to get to the foothill of Bukit Tabur on jan 11, 2010.

I had a funny experience.

" Hei, I follow your instructions on how to get to the foothill of Bukit Tabur, but couldn't find some of the signs that you said. "

and so below was our conversation.

" Mr. so & so, describe to me some landmarks that you saw. "

" There are lots of big trees, like a thick forest, after i pass Melawati township."

" Oh, tell me exactly what you saw in Melawati township."

" Oh nothing, just some rows of building in black glass."

" ya, that's right.."

" other than those building in black glassed ? "

" Nothing."

I couldn't figure out what was wrong but to slowly guided him back to the foothill of Bukit Tabur, very near to Melawati Township.

When we met, suddenly something struck my mind & I asked.

" At what speed you drove just know ? "

" 160 KM/hr."

"Oh, is that so !! ............."

Monday, January 11, 2010

How to Get To The Foot hill Of Bukit Tabur

Route One : If you are coming from Kajang, Seremban

Exit Sg Besi toll, take MRR2 the road that towards Genting Highland direction.

some township that you will pass by are Cheras, Pandan Perdana, then Ampang( Flamingo Hotel) then Bukit Antarabangsa, Keramat, Zoo Negara, Melawati township.

please take note once you see Zoo Negara on your right, be prepared while continue your journey, until you see Giant Permata signboard.

a) cut in the junction to Giant ( but do not turn to Giant) , instead take a right turn, you will see two petrol Chiosk, BP and Caltex side by side, pass these two petrol kiosks, there will be two round about in front.

first round-about take a 12 o'clock direction,
second round-about take 12 o'clock direction,

after second round about, take another 12 o'clock direction you will come to the hillside route, turn right will take you to klang gate dam entrance.

b) If you have accidentally pass Giant, there is another exit, continue your journey until you pass Melawati township, be prepared to turn after you see a mosque on your right, on the left some pale orange/pinkish school building ( on elevated land) take that exit to Jalan Kolam Air, ( Klang Gate direction ) pass by Desa Melawati which you can see some rows of pale orange buildings, you can see Malay Cemetery on your right, International School, Choice Restaurent in front of International School.

Pass the restaurent to go forward to a round-about, take a 9 o' clock turn towards the hillside, turn right towards the klang gate dam.

Route Two : Coming From Jalan Pahang, Jalan Genting Klang, Setapak.

Landmarks to look for are Tawakal Hospital, Setapak, Puspakom. Wardiburn Camp, TARC ( Tunku Abdul Rahman college)

until you come to a junction, one to Melawati on the right, and one to Melati/Genting Highland on the left. Take the 12 o'clock direction towards Jalan Kolam Air.

Some landmarks are rows of orange building on your left, further than this is a Malay Cemetery, International School, Choice Restaurent, pass all these landmarks until you come to a round- about, take a 9 oclock turn towards the hillside, turn right towards the klang gate dam.

Using Public Transport
Use Putra Line, stop at Wangsa Maju station, then take a taxi, give the taxi some landmarks such as the above if they said they do not know.

well, if these info still doesn't help, guess GPS will be the best guide.......haha.