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Rape of the Hill Surrounding Janda Baik, Erosion & LANDSLIP

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Erosion Alert ! . ..again and again

Another erosion occurred again yesterday morning between Genting Sempah to Janda Baik entrance (‘pintu gerbang’) at illegal hill farming location along curvy hilly road.

This is not the first time incident, but had been going since the de-forestation rampant activities begun for illegal ginger hill farming along this route. Erosion occurs  can be seen clearly especially during pouring raining carried away massive amount of both muddy water and soil down the slope passing through the hilly road  continue  pouring down the steep slope at the roadside.

The mud sticks on this hilly road could be slippery and dangerous to passers-by especially for motorcyclist. Besides it would destroy the road surface beyond the targeted maintenance life-span and need to be repaired or re-surface in more frequent manner, wasting tax-payers money to cope with the damaged done by  illegal hill farming activities and de-forestation.

If you are following the inner hill road to Janda Baik from Genting Sempah, you could spot these location at your right hand side, the first llocation will be just after Genting Sempah and the second location will be somewhere in the middle way to ‘pintu gerbang’ at the sharp corner where the  red ‘Tokong Cina’ situated not to mentioned the  wooden and zinc structure been build very near to hilly road side  to serve these illegal hill farming.

Illegal hill farming surrounding Janda Baik

(An extract from local newspaper “The Star” on  Tuesday May 5, 2009 under the headline “Put an End to the Rape of Janda Baik” reported by Nature Lover, Kuala Lumpur) :

I AM an avid hiker and nature lover who have been hiking around Janda Baik for the last 20 years. Last week the Prime Minister and his deputy were at Janda Baik, officiating ILMU, an Umno training centre, at Janda Baik. I am sure both of them must have seen the obvious signs of the rape of Janda Baik forest reserve that has been going on for the last 15 years!

The village committee had reported this matter to the Mentri Besar and the Pahang exco on numerous occasions. However, nothing has been done.

The villagers in Janda Baik are extremely unhappy because according to the estimate, more than 10,000 acres of forest reserves have been destroyed.

The “destruction” is apparently financed by towkays from Singapore. What perplexed me is how can such rampant destruction of the forest, obvious even from the KL-East Coast Highway, allowed to take place for so long?

The villagers complain that the temperature is getting hotter by the day. The once cool and clear waters have turned into a stream of teh tarik. Fishes are dying and the ecology of the area is fast changing.

The villagers say they will be punished by the Forestry Department if they plant vegetables or fruit trees on the reserve land. Yet, some culprits have been destroying the forest in broad day light and no action is taken.

I hope our PM can help restore the beauty of Janda Baik by having timber trees that can be harvested by our future generation.

I also hope the Forestry Department can use Google Earth to see the obvious destruction within minutes. The Department must play its role as guardian of our natural heritage.

Kuala Lumpur.

Early flood detection in Janda Baik on 23-March’2009.

early rise of water level23 March 2009 0100hrs. It was found that the water level from Sg. Chemperuh started to rise up. Non-stop raining occured up the hill earlier that day. Members of FOJB drove up north and discovered few chairs from outdoor cafe nearby float away by strong current  up the road pavement area towards their vehicle.  FOJB had to turned towards the south and found that Sg.Lurah water level had started to rose up with hefty strong current, carried away river pebbles rock along the stream ;which could be heard clearly. After about 30 minutes the water level had rose up to the road level and filling the fish pond nearby. By 45 mins, water had rose up to knee level. Few cars parked along the stream had to be moved. Few villagers had came up and alert warning messages had been send across.

The next morning, less than 10 houses near Pulau Santap had been hit by flood. No seious damaged had been reported. Villagers managed to at least came to early warning and prepare themselves shall the worst happened. Few fish ponds lost their loots and one of the steel front gate along the stream had been damaged by sudden-flood.

The last flood incident occured in Janda Baik was back in 1984. However no lost of lives reported.

Flash-flood of this kind, might occured due to several factors – uncontrolled rape of rainforest massive area on the other side of surrounding hill of Janda Baik due to ginger farming where massive clearance of rainforest trees occured; damaging the green environment and it’s eco-system.

By the time of writing, the residents of Janda Baik still put up an on-going effort in bringing this matter up to the authorities; which piles of reports had been forwarded since the past 2 years.