IT was what I would refer to as “a heaven on earth”. Six adolescent years later, it has morphed into another cloudy and turbid river.
I’m referring to Sungai Chiong, once considered by many as one of the best fishing spot located at the National Park Belum Rainforest, Grik in Perak.
My recent visit to the virgin forest for a fishing trip with Papachik and Pak Ngah Min was an eye-opener experience. I was shocked by the current situation in Sg. Chiong. The site which I literally grew up in, thanks to my late Tok Papak who would take me on his numerous fishing excursions, has lost its magic. It was as if Mother Nature had forgotten to work on her magical wand to make the place as beautiful as it used to be.
Gone are the sights of a world-class rainforest which had provided me valuable and unforgettable memories. This is due to the greed and narrow millennium-minded responsible in “killing” our mother nature through logging activities which had taken the place by storm.
If this massacre activities persist without any actions taken by the authorities, I bet another river will face the same problem.
My plea, save the National Belom Rainforest before it’s too late. I’m worried, that it will inevitably lead to another destruction akin THE state political crisis.
We’ll just wait and see…
From Sungai Chiong, we advanced to Pulau Tujuh and continued our fishing trip along the ravine.
We had a great deal of enjoyment during the 2 day-1- night back-to-nature retreat. 13 Sebarau says it all. Deep in our hearts, we knew that it was important to keep the spirit of Tok Papak alive.
The three of us unanimously agreed that Pulau Tujuh still has its uniqueness or simply said, “hutan masih dara”. Thank goodness…
As I’m posting this edition, the loggers are doing what they do best … cutting down “the balaks” at the good ole’ Pulau Tujuh…