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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/

Montane Birds Of Cameron Highlands

This is a soft cover book with 102 species of montane birds of Cameron Highlands showcased. It  was published in 2014  Please contact us if you wish to purchase this book. It can also be purchased directly from our office.

The product code is BB 1/2014  ISBN :978-983-44449-1-4

Price for members RM 60/book , for non members RM 65/book.

For purchases of 10 books or more the price is RM50/book.  All prices quoted are excluding postage.

Books will only be posted after proof of payment is received

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Bird Pictures by Dr Amar

Dato’ Dr Amar Singh HSS is a Senior Consultant Paediatrician and Head of the Paediatric Department at Ipoh General Hospital,Perak. An avid birder, Dr Amar and his wife Datin Dr Swee-Im Lim has been coming up to Cameron Highlands regularly for birdwatching. We sought his help when we were collecting pictures of montane birds for our upcoming bird book.We would like to thank Dr Amar for sharing his pictures with us. Below is a sample of his talent in bird photography.

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WELCOME TO R.E.A.C.H

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R.E.A.C.H is a community based organisation formed in 2001 by a group of Cameron Highlands residents alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating environment especially the declining forests and water quality. R.E.A.C.H. aims to preserve, restore and maintain Cameron Highlands as an environmentally sustainable agriculture and hill resort within a permanent nature reserve. We strive to maintain a balance between environmental protection and development and to safeguard water catchment areas as a vital resource for the highlands and lowlands. It is now run by a group of volunteers with funds from membership, donations, small grants, reforestation activities and sales of souvenirs.

Activities include highlighting environmental problems, creating public awareness on environmental issues and conducting water and forest biodiversity studies. Dendrobium brinchangense is the orchid shown in our R.E.A.C.H. logo. It is an endangered orchid first found in Gunung Brinchang and it reflects the fragile nature of our environment. In the course of carrying out our environmental activities we have faced many obstacles but we believe there are many people out there who care. We believe there is hope yet for Cameron Highlands. It is therefore of utmost importance that we preserve our natural heritage