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REACH 19th Annual General Meeting

Dear REACH Member

Notice is hereby given that REACH 19th Annual General Meeting will be held as follows:

Date                :           20th  March  2019

Time               :           8.00pm

 Venue             :           Strawberry Park, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands.

Agenda :-

1. President’s welcoming address.

2.To confirm the minutes of the 18th Annual General Meeting.

3.To adopt the annual report 2018.

4.To approve the audited Statements of Accounts ending 31st Dec 2018

5.To dissolve the committee 2017 / 2018.

6.To elect a Committee for ensuing year 2019 / 2020.

7.To appoint two honorory Auditors for ensuing year 2019 / 2020.

8.To consider any other matters of which 7 clear days notice shall have been given in writing to the secretary.

9.Newly appointed President’s closing speech.

 

We appreciate your attendance.

Thank you,

 

Ramakrishnan Ramasamy

President

REACH 18th Annual General Meeting 2018

Dear REACH Member

Notice is hereby given that REACH 18th, Annual General Meeting will be held as follows:

Date                :           14th  March  2018 Wednesday

Time               :           7.00pm

 Venue             :         IJ  Barre Centre , Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands.

Agenda :-

1. President’s welcoming address.

2.To confirm the minutes of the 17th Annual General Meeting.

3.To adopt the annual report 2017.

The activity report is presented by the subcommittee of the program

a. Reforestation

b.Community Stream Investigation

c.Environmental & Education Programme

4.To approve the audited Statements of Accounts ending 31st Dec 2017

5.To consider any other matters of which 7 clear days notice shall have been given in writing to the secretary.

6. President’s closing speech.

 We appreciate your attendance.

Thank you,

Mr Ramakrishnan Ramasamy

President

REACH 17th Annual General Meeting 2017

Dear REACH Member

I hereby give notice that REACH 17th, Annual General Meeting will be held as follows:

Date                :           8th  March  2017

Time               :           8.00pm

 Venue             :           Barre Centre , Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands.

Agenda :-

1. President’s welcoming address.

2.To confirm the minutes of the 16th Annual General Meeting.

3.To adopt the annual report 2016.

4.To approve the audited Statements of Accounts ending 31st Dec 2016

5.To dissolve the committee 2015 / 2016.

6.To elect a Committee for ensuing year 2017 / 2018.

7.To appoint two honororyAuditors for ensuing year 2017 / 2018.

8.To consider any other matters of which 7 clear days notice shall have been given in writing to the secretary.

9.Pictorial History of Cameron Highlands.

10.Newly appointed President’s closing speech.

 

We appreciate your attendance.

Thank you,

Dr. KOH GIM LAM

SECRETARY

REACH 16th Annual General Meeting 2016

8th March 2016,

Dear REACH Members,

I hereby give notice that REACH 16th  Annual General Meeting will be held as follows :

Date    :           23rd March 2016, Wednesday

Time    :           8 pm

 Venue :           IJ Barre Centre, Tanah Rata

2. Agenda :-

1.President’s welcoming address

2.To confirm the minutes of the 15th Annual General Meeting.

3.To adopt the annual report 2015.

4.To approve the audited Statements of Accounts ending 31st Dec 2015.

5.To consider any other matters of which 7 clear days notice shall have been given in writing to the secretary.

6.President’s closing speech.

We appreciate your attendance.

Thank you,

(Dr. Koh Gim Lam )

Secretary

 

CAMERON HIGHLANDS NEEDS A HELPING HAND …… YOURS

Our dear friend Uncle George Alasandrie Theseira (14th April 1937 – 7th August 2015)

9th August 2015-

Uncle George, we are all going to miss you.

You came to Cameron Highlands 16 years ago with your lovely family, drawn by the cool climate and beautiful natural surroundings.

You became dismayed by the on-going destruction of Cameron Highlands and our paths crossed. Together we founded REACH and you have been a pillar of strength since then.

We thank you.

For many years you were our treasurer, patiently doing our accounts, recording meticulously all the ins and outs in the big green ledger of yours, filing all the invoices, vouchers , receipts in this briefcase that grew larger with the passing of time. Never once complaining,bearing with our myriad temperaments , your superb accounting work literally propped our organisation up.

We thank you.

Rainbow of Hope in Cameron Highlands?

“You wouldn’t recognize it, Melody. It’s all gone now.”

“What? What happened to it? Tell me.”

“You have to come back and see for yourself.”

And I did. After being away from home for a year pursuing my final year law degree in the UK, finally, I had come home.

On first glance, it seemed that nothing had changed since the past year. Locals rushed about town going through the motions of their daily lives, tourists jam up the streets as usual during the weekends, students still hang out in the only place they could – Starbucks – all in all life goes on.

Not knowing anything to be amiss, I continued the whole charade of meeting up with family and friends whom I have not seen since a year ago and it was on one of these meet ups in which I realized that the Cameron Highlands I left a year ago has changed. And not for the better either.

My friends and I decided to make a day trip to the Sungai Palas BOH Tea Plantation and it was with much chatter and laughter as we made the trip into the tea plantation and I remember marveling at my friend’s driving skill as she maneuvered the car smoothly on the extremely winding road despite having a faulty horn.

On the way, I looked out of the windows admiring the outside scenery flashing past when I suddenly exclaimed loudly:” What happened to the valley???” For it was barely a year ago when across from the (originally Equatorial) hotel), a valley sloped steeply downwards into tropical rainforest and I remember distinctly a particular tree in which a resident eagle used to roost there every day.

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Now, the valley has been completely filled up and I could see heavy machinery and workmen going about flattening the land for presumably building purposes. The tree still stands, a lonely outpost amidst barren land. I do not see the eagle.

A monstrous complex now stands smack in the middle of agricultural farmland. I avert my gaze and look straight ahead as my friend drives steadily towards our destination.

A few days later, I decided to take a stroll around town. It had been raining continuously for several days, the rain sheeting down relentlessly, only giving an hour or two’s respite in a day. I couldn’t take the bleakness of the gloomy weather anymore; it reminded me too much of dull grey depressing days in the UK; and immediately strode out for a walk when I saw the bright gleam of sunlight through the window.

As I strolled about aimlessly, I finally realized that my feet were taking me to, of all places, the public library, and I wondered if I could get Jodi Picoult’s Vanishing Acts there. I walked up to the main entrance and was surprised to see the door tightly shut. I checked my watch. It showed 5.15pm and I smiled apologetically to myself, making a mental promise to return someday during working hours, I turned around to leave and lo and behold, a beautiful 7 color arch stopped me in my steps.

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I stood gawking at the beautiful rainbow for a few seconds before realizing that I was standing in the middle of the road and a man had just walked past me giving me a baleful glare. I smiled at him, but he turned away and continued walking up the slope into the woods which were nearby and I just can’t help thinking about the millions of people everyday who are so wrapped up in their own self-pity, anger, hate, and troubles that they forget to enjoy the simple things in life: stepping into a wet soccer field after the rain and smelling the grass and rain, waking up early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the sunrise before going to work or class, strolling along the beach admiring the sunset, walking into a small nature clearing and just stand there and breathe for a few moments, walking out into the garden at night after the heat of the sun is long gone to admire the moonlight, exclaiming in breathless wonder at the sight of a beautiful rainbow in the sky.

I stepped back and laughed at myself for having these thoughts, began to walk contentedly back home, my footsteps lighter than it had been on the journey here. I decided to take a shortcut back instead of using the main street so I cut through the back of the food court in the centre of Tanah Rata town and stopped dead in my tracks again.IMAG0431

It wasn’t a pretty sight: behind the sheets of aluminum blocking the view of pedestrians and motorists, the banks of the river were gouged as if by giant bird talons, the soil running into the river, which was a sick muddy yellow; a blemish on the otherwise innocently picturesque looking town centre which can be seen above the aluminum sheets.

Silently, I walked home. Cameron Highlands has indeed changed. More land is being cleared by the day, to make way for more agricultural and tourism purposes. Many of the natural sites and trails are ill maintained, overlooked by greedy eyes which sought for riches to be gained elsewhere.

The Cameron Highlands of my childhood has long since disappeared, but at the very least, I have hope. I hope that this is the lowest point that Cameron will ever hit and now gradually we will slowly yet steadily start climbing up again. I hope that the children of Cameron Highlands will one day have the childhood memories I had: of running through fields barefooted, catching beetles of all sizes, shapes and colors, of splashing in the icy crystal clear pools in the nature reserve, of wrapping up warm watching TV indoors while it is cold, misty and raining outside.

After the rain, there will be sun, and maybe even a rainbow.

By Melody Woon