16th January 2016-Under The Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Act 172), local plans are formulated to set up the direction, the development of a town should take. It should adhere to the development plans of the country (the 2nd National Physical Plan) and the state (Pahang Structural Plan 2002-2020.) Local plans are essentially the “Blueprints” of a town.
If one understands the “blueprints” one would not be “surprised” nor “shocked” when large swath of virgin forests goes or mountains get wiped out from the earth or high rise buildings suddenly pops up in the middle of the town square!
The new blueprint of Cameron Highlands up to the year 2030 ( Rancangan Tempatan Daerah Cameron Highlands 2030 Penggantian )is now up for viewing at the local town council and the deadline has been extended to the 18th of January 2016 ( ie 48 hours from now). Do spare some time this weekend and download the pdf copies from the local council website www.mdcameron.gov.my . In the homepage click on ‘ Awam’ then on ‘ Muat Turun Borang’ Some sections are missing and some are duplicated. For those missing maps we will upload them on our webpage.
On the 11th of December, REACH organized a CHBAR health campaign for the people of Tringkap at the Tringkap Multipurpose Hall (Dewan Serbaguna Tringkap).
At 8:15pm, our REACH volunteer, Miss Melody Woon gave a talk on “Cameron Highlands Bebas Asap Rokok” in both Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin as an effort to create an awareness regarding the dangers and health hazards of smoking.
After the talk, Dr Liau Tai Leong from REACH took his turn to share about the Community Stream Investigation (CSI). His speech mentioned about the quality of the water in Cameron Highlands and the importance of preserving it.
The health campaign which was held in Ringlet Community Hall (Dewan Orang Ramai Ringlet) on the 24th of November drew a crowd of about a hundred people. At 7:45PM, people started to gather and the hall was slowly filled with loud and friendly chatters everywhere.
We began with the “Cameron Highlands Smoke Free Zone” talk by our REACH volunteer, Melody who spoke to the crowd in both Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia. Similarly to the previous health campaigns, the talk focused on the health hazards of smoking to smokers themselves, to the people around them and to the environment.
The message was simple – “Love yourself and think others. Stop smoking!”
2nd November 2015
There is a saying that goes, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Children are our nation’s most precious and priceless treasures. We believe in the importance of educating and involving them in preserving, protecting, and maintaining one of our nation’s finest resources – our beautiful highlands.
Hence on the 2nd of November, several REACH volunteers brought 17 students and 3 teachers from SK Kampung Raja ( Kampung Raja National Primary School) up to REACH’s Biodiversity Centre located midway at Gunung Brinchang at an elevation of 1800 meters above sea level. The steep road up to the centre was challenging but nonetheless satisfying when we finally reached our destination. This climb is not for the faint of heart!
Once we were at the site, we were greeted by clear blue skies, fresh, clean air and a breathtaking view of our home town. Our guide Mr Satya Murthy, started explaining to the students about the many ailments that Cameron Highlands has been experiencing for quite a number of years.
3rd November 2015
On the 3rd of November, the Environmental Department (JAS) of Cameron Highlands conducted an environmental awareness camp KeKAS for 35 Form 3 students who have just completed their PT3 examinations. The schools that participated included SMK Sultan Ahmad Shah, SMK Ringlet and SMK Kg Raja.
REACH volunteers, Melody and Shen-Ly were invited to share with the students regarding various REACH activities.
Shen-Ly began by having an open discussion with the students about Cameron Highlands Smoke Free Zone (CHBAR) and proceeded to share more in depth about smoking, secondhand smoke and the dangers that it entails, as well as ways to curb smoking.
Soon after, Melody engaged the students in a talk regarding REACH’s purpose in the community, recycling activities, Community Stream Investigation (CSI), reforestation activities at REACH’s Biodiversity Centre and many more.
We had a good time and we are thankful for the opportunity to expose the students to REACH and all the environmental-friendly activities that we carry out all year round.
written by Lai Shen-Ly
3rd November 2015
Today, smoking is regarded as our nation’s most insidious killer and it is a truth universally acknowledged by smokers and non-smokers alike. However, simply ‘acknowledging’ is not enough as the majority of us often turn a blind eye towards the effects it can so malignantly bring upon. This Is especially true when such a great deal of us are unaware of how dangerous smoking is to our health, whom it affects, at which point is its exposure most severe and what we should do to stop it.
Which is why on the 3rd of November, CHBAR conducted a health campaign for the locals of Tanah Rata at the SK Convent Hall as a means of reducing smoking amongst the people of Tanah Rata. This event was aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and the exposure of secondhand smoke. It was also intended to remind the people that it harms the environment as well. In retrospect, our solicitous approach during the walkabout had truly paid off when an unexpected number of people (about 50) had turned up for the event.