Rethink Cable Car Proposal
26 Jun 2015
The Malay Mail Online
The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) views with great concern, on the report that development in the form of a cable car project will be carried out at Bukit Larut, Perak (Malay Mail, 23 June 2015).
Bukit Larut or Maxwell Hill is well known natural landmark for Malaysia as our oldest and smallest of all hill stations in Malaysia. Reaching to a height of 1,410m asl, it is part of our Bintang Range. Within this area of high biodiversity, it is home unique wildlife including 7 globally threatened bird species and many range restricted and biome-restricted species including our very own endemic, the Mountain Peacock Pheasant. This has earned Bukit Larut a place in the global Important Bird Area (IBA) listing by BirdLife International and its country partner, MNS. The hill is also home to our iconic yet threatened Malayan Tiger, Serow and Panther, just to name a few.
The proposal for a cable car is not new and was part of a RM320 million project to develop Bukit Larut in 1997. This idea was cancelled a month later after technical information and pleas by the local stakeholders and civil society groups, including MNS, were heeded.
We are therefore puzzled on what basis can such an idea be revived and moved ahead seemingly without consultation and feedback from local communities and stakeholders.
MNS hereby calls upon the State Government to rethink this idea and to focus on more strategic means towards developing Bukit Larut or risk losing the very product that makes Taiping and Malaysia famous the world over for, our forests and hill stations.
President, Malaysian Nature Society
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