REACH 21st Annual General Meeting

28th February 2021

Dear Reach members,

Notice is hereby given that REACH 21st Annual General Meeting will be held as follows:

Date                 : 29th March 2021
Time                : 8.00 pm
Venue              : Avillion Hotel, C3, Jalan Camelia, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands

Agenda:-

  1. Acting President’s welcoming address
  2. To confirm the minutes of the 20th Annual  General Meeting
  3. To adopt the Annual Report 2020
  4. To approve the Audited Statements of Accounts ending 31st December 2020
  5. To dissolve the committee 2019/2020
  6. To elect a Committee for ensuing year 2021/2022
  7. To appoint two honorary Auditors for ensuing year 2021/2022
  8. To consider any other matters of which 7 clear day’s notice shall have been given in writing to the secretary.
  9. Newly appointed President’s closing speech.

We appreciate your attendance.

Thank you.

Dr Cheam May Choo
Acting Secretary

Rest in Peace Mr Ramakrishnan Ramasamy (10th June 1965 – 4th December 2020)

by corybas

Very rarely in our lifetime we have the privilege to cross paths with ordinary persons who showed extraordinary qualities. Mr Ramakrishan was a such a person. Over and over again he would demonstrate courage, self sacrifice and determination to help those in need. He would jump at the chance of joining rescue work without hesitation , putting others before self. Whenever there was a natural disaster locally or abroad ,we knew it would only be a matter of time before he would get called. He would ready his rescue gear, hop onto his trademark MVFRA vehicle and drive off , akin to a general riding off to battle.  Whenever locals found themselves in tricky life threatening situations like being marooned on the wrong side of a raging river, being lost in the woods , Mr Rama would be amongst the first person they would call.

Very rarely we get to meet persons with such foresight about the environment it was almost uncanny. Mr Rama was a man way ahead of his time. In 2001 he had already advocated the urgent need to protect our water catchment areas and rivers from contamination , 20 years earlier than the current call for river protection in other states . He had also advocated the need for good agricultural practices and the avoidance of banned pesticides . He predicted that there would come a day when rainfall would become scarce and he started projects to harness water from the clouds. At that time we were all a little skeptical. Now no longer.

Very rarely we get to meet persons who fought for what they believed in so fiercely. Mr Rama believed passionately about protecting the forests and woe betide anyone who cleared our highland  forests illegally. After verifying his facts he would complain to the relevant authorities and if no action was taken he would highlight it fearlessly and for a brief period of time all hell would break loose in Cameron Highlands.

Very rarely we get to meet a real life hero. Mr Ramakrishnan Ramasamy was that man.

Mr Ramakrishnan Ramasamy, REACH president since its founding 20 years ago, passed away from a heart attack at his home in Brinchang, Cameron Highlands on the 4th of December 2020. He was 55. He left behind his beloved wife, Dilip Kaur, his beloved brother Anbalagan ,beloved sisters Hemalatha and Kalayarasi  and beloved nephew Sivendra and an army of friends, fellow rescuers, environmentalists and mountaineers to mourn his passing. Mr Ramakrishnan was born in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands in 1965. His grandparents were amongst the early settlers in Cameron Highlands. His maternal grandfather came from Tamil Nadu ,India and settled in the tea estate in Sg Palas in 1929. His paternal grandfather found refuge in Brinchang after fleeing from the Death Railway in Burma during the start of World War 2.

Mr Ramakrishnan did his primary schooling in Convent School, Tanah Rata and secondary schooling in Sekolah Menengah Sultan Ahmad Shah. In school he excelled in sports particularly long distant running, football and hockey. From 1987 to 1988 he represented Pahang in hockey and later represented Malaysia in steeple chase 3000m at the SEA games. He was also active in the Scouts movement at school and this continued even after he finished schooling. From being a Rover Scout in 1984 he eventually became a National Headquarters Commissioner. He won many medals of excellence which culminated in the Pingat Pahlawan, one of the highest awards, for saving a person’s life in Nepal.

In 1997 he was part of the Mount Everest expedition team . He was the first Malaysian to scale the peak of Annapurna IV in Nepal which is at 7525 m above sea level.

In 2003 he joined MVFRA ( Malaysia Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association) and later MISAR( Malaysia International Search and Rescue). As a lieutenant in both these societies , he participated in many search and rescue operations locally and abroad . The local missions included flood relief operations in various states namely Terengganu, Kelantan, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Perlis; rescue missions in landslides such as the mud slide disaster in Pos Dipang,  landslide in Sungai Ruil in Cameron Highlands ,landslide in Bukit Antarabangsa and the Sabah Earthquake. His international missions included the Iran earthquake(2003) ,the tsunami at Acheh ( 2004),the Peru earthquake ( 2007), the SzeChuan eathquake (2008), the Phillipines typhoon ( 2009 ) the Bangkok Floods (2011) and the Acheh earthquake ( 2017). Mr Rama was also very active in training the younger members in rescue work

Cameron Highlands Reach environmental activist dies

https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/national/cameron-highlands-e2-80-99-reach-environmental-activist-dies/ar-BB1bDLp6

Ahli pasukan ekspedisi Everest 1997 Ramakrishnan meninggal dunia

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/tempatan/2020/12/04/ahli-pasukan-ekspedisi-everest-97-ramakrishnan-meninggal-dunia/

The Edge Environmental Education for Students at the Mossy Forests of Cameron Highlands 2018/2019  concludes  

by Cheam May Choo

We are pleased to report that this project which was funded by a grant from the Edge Kuala Lumpur Rat Race 2018 was successfully carried out from April 2019 to October 2019.

The Edge Education Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Edge Media Group. The foundation’s mission is to foster, develop and promote education of all kinds. Through the Edge KL Rat Race (which is held annually since 2000) funds are raised from corporate Malaysia and given to the various registered charities and NGOs. In 2018 the event was held at Padang Merbok, KL on the 31st of July . Reach received a grant of RM63,530/=  for environmental education at our mossy forests. Besides educating students on the biodiversity and importance of our highland forests,  lessons on climate change were also conducted.

The objectives of this programme were met.

  1. A total of 553 students and 63 teachers from 22 primary schools in Cameron Highlands participated. Schools were from both the remote and urban areas. The ages of the students ranged from 8 years to 12 years.
  2. Environmental education with emphasis on forest conservation and introduction to climate change were imparted.
  3. A total of 659 endemic trees/orchids were planted. The tree species were kelat, medang serai, medang kemangi, geruk and others. Orchid species included terrestrial orchids such as calanthe and cymbidium while the epiphytic orchids were from bulbophyllum, dendrobium, eria, liparis, oberonia species and others.
  4. As an introduction to climate change, a hands-on approach was used. Students were given hand-held weather measuring instruments such as anemometer, thermometer and hygrometer and tasked to make comparisons between shaded areas under the trees and exposed areas devoid of forest cover and the findings discussed.
  5. Weather data continued to be sent to the local meteorological department monthly, and they included air quality data such as NO nitrogen oxide, NO2 nitrogen dioxide, SO2 sulphur dioxide and NH3 Ammonia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Implementation of the programme
  1. After obtaining approval from the local education department, schools were notified. Dates for the field trips would be set. For the first time since we commenced reforestation activities in Gunung Brinchang, 4 schools from the interior parts of Cameron Highlands joined in too.
  2. On the day of the field trips, there would be a short briefing at the pick-up point before students are sent by 4-wheel drive vehicles to our Biodiversity site located midway up Gunung Brinchang at an elevation of 1800 metres above sea level. (This was a former illegally cleared site which is now being rehabilitated.)
  3. Once at the site students would be briefed on forest conservation and climate change. Trees and orchids were then planted and weather monitoring activities carried out.
  4. Towards the end of the programme students would be given questionnaires to fill in to gauge the efficacy of the programme.
  5. The programmes would end by 12.30pm.
  6. A total of 22 field trips were conducted and all the participants came down safely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerjasama REACH dengan Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia (Met Malaysia).

oleh Cheam May Choo

Pada tahun 2016 ,  Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia telah menandatangani Memorandum Persefahaman ( MOU) bersama REACH untuk kerjasama dalam bidang penyelidikan dan pemonitoran cuaca dan komposisi atmosfera di Pusat Biodiversiti REACH di Gunung Brinchang. MOU ini adalah untuk tempoh 5 tahun. Segala hasil penyelidikan akan dikongsi bersama Met Malaysia dan REACH.

Sebuah stesen cuaca mini akan didirikan di pusat Biodiversiti kami yang terletak diketinggian 1800 metre dari paras laut di Gunung Brinchang. Oleh kerana tempat ini dikelilingi oleh hutan awan dan tidak tercemar, hasil penyelidikan atmosfera dikawasan ini boleh dijadikan bandingan dengan kawasan lain.

Pada tahun 2017 pemonitoran kualiti udara dengan menggunakan 4 parameter atmosfera dimulakan.Ini termasuk untuk NO nitrogen oxide, NO2 nitrogen dioxide, SO2 sulphur dioxide, and NH4 amnonia. Persampelan diambil setiap bulan dan dihantar ke Met Malaysia.

Pada bulan September tahun ini , alat ‘Wet Only Rain Water Sampler’  telah di pasang ditempat ini bagi mengukur komposisi air hujan.

Gambar diatas-Seorang kakitangan Met Malaysia sedang  memberi tunjuk ajar bagi Presiden kami Encik Rama untuk aktiviti persampelan serta mengendalikan penghantaran sampel ke makmal. Jadual persampelan adalah setiap hari Selasa setiap minggu.