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Fraser's Hill International Bird Race begins tomorrow - June 7, 2024

RAUB: Southeast Asia's longest running bird race event, the 35th Fraser's Hill International Bird Race will be held at the hill station here this weekend. The two-day event, starting tomorrow, is expected to attract some 400 participants from across Malaysia and neighbouring countries. State Unity, Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Leong Yu Man said Fraser's Hill has recorded more than 250 species of migratory wild birds, making the highland paradise a first-class bird-watching destination in the region.

"The mountainous forests surrounding the hill station provide peace and comfort for the migratory species that fly across from other countries to seek the warm weather here. Their presence is a rare treat for bird watchers.  "The bird race event, held since 1988, aims to preserve nature and promote the hill station as a bird sanctuary. The event helps to promote the rich flora and fauna in Fraser's Hill to both local and foreign visitors. "Apart from the race, various other activities including bird photography contest, conservation talks by birding professionals, fun-filled activities for children and exhibitions will be held throughout the event. The bird race programme has become an ideal family getaway," she said.

Leong is scheduled to open the event at Fraser's Hill at noon tomorrow, while Pahang Communications and Multimedia, Youth, Sports and Non-governmental Organisations Committee chairman Fadzli Mohamad Kamal, who is also the Dong assemblyman, will be attending the prize giving ceremony at 3pm on June 9. The bird race is a fun event where teams of three compete against each other to locate, identify and record as many species of birds in Fraser's Hill within a stipulated time. The competition will be divided into three categories, namely novice (newcomers), advanced (experienced bird watchers) and bird photography contest. Winners will walk away with prizes. Source - NST

Pahang govt securing rights to build Japanese anime monument - April 16, 2024

KUANTAN: Although Tourism Malaysia are in talks with the publisher of popular Japanese animation television series "Jujutsu Kaisen", plans to build a memorial for the popular anime character — Kento Nanami — will take longer than expected. State Unity, Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Leong Yu Man said there were several matters that had to be ironed out especially involving copyright and intellectual property rights. "Tourism Malaysia representatives met the anime publisher in January to convey the Pahang government's interest, hoping to obtain the creator's consent to help promote tourism here. We have provided all the supporting documents.

"All communications related to securing the approval are done through an intermediary as the creator seldom appears in the public and does not want to be under the spotlight.  It might take some time to complete the required procedures especially, involving copyright," she said at the Malaysia International Tourism (MIT) Expo 2024 press conference here today. Last year, Leong told the Pahang assembly that a beach in Kuantan was mentioned by Nanami in episode 42 of "Jujutsu Kaisen", and the state government hoped to capitalise on this. Prior to his death in the series, Nanami had expressed his desire to visit and settle down in Malaysia, specifically Kuantan.

The state government had expressed interest to build a memorial for Nanami here in December last year and invited the creator, who goes by the pen name Gege Akutami, to visit the state as part of efforts to promote the state to anime fans.

Reasons to visit Teluk Cempedak in Pahang - March 8, 2024

TUCKED away on Malaysia's vibrant East Coast, Teluk Cempedak unfurls like a scroll of golden sand edged by the deep blue of the South China Sea. This beloved spot, merely a stone's throw from Kuantan, offers more than a picturesque seascape. It's a canvas where nature's elements blend seamlessly with human touch, creating a symphony of experiences for every wanderer.


At Teluk Cempedak, the sea doesn't just kiss the shore; it weaves tales of ancient voyages and modern-day adventures.  The beach's embrace is wide, welcoming families seeking sun-kissed memories, surfers chasing the perfect wave, and solitude seekers meditating to the rhythm of the tides. Here, the horizon is not just a boundary but a promise of endless possibilities.


Behind the beach, nature stands tall and proud. The rainforest, with its canopy of green, guards the coastline like an old, wise sentinel. Trails snake through this emerald enclave, inviting the curious to explore its hidden nooks. Each step unveils a layer of biodiversity, from the whispering leaves to the creatures that call it home. It's a reminder that in Teluk Cempedak, one doesn't just walk on the beach but walks through the heart of nature itself. 


As daylight fades, Teluk Cempedak doesn't sleep; it simply changes rhythm. The night brings its own magic, with the moonlight painting the waves silver and the stars playing peek-a-boo through the foliage. The beach becomes a stage for intimate concerts, where the soundtrack is the symphony of the sea and the laughter of friends. It's a time when the day's warmth lingers in the cool night air, inviting conversations, reflections, and dreams. 


Amidst its beauty, Teluk Cempedak carries a message of conservation. It stands as a testament to the delicate balance between nature and human enjoyment. Efforts to protect its pristine condition are woven into the fabric of the community, a collective pledge to ensure that this jewel of Pahang remains vibrant for future generations to discover.

Source - NST

Introduction to the mystical Mossy Forest of Cameron Highlands - March 8,2024

PERCHED near the zenith of Mount Brinchang in Pahang, the Mossy Forest is a marvel of nature, cloaked in a tapestry of green that whispers tales of ancient times. This majestic forest, sprawling across 914 hectares and regarded as the oldest in Malaysia, offers an escape into a world that time seems to have forgotten. At around 200 million years old, the journey through the Mossy Forest is a journey back to the very essence of nature.


The adventure begins with a thrilling drive up Mount Brinchang, the highest point accessible by road in Southeast Asia, sitting at 2,031 metres above sea level. This route not only leads you to the enchanted realms of the Mossy Forest but also offers panoramic views of the stunning Sungai Palas tea plantation, a sight that rivals the beauty of the forest itself.


Upon entering the Mossy Forest, you're greeted by an ecosystem that seems plucked from a fairy tale. Thick moss embraces the trees, mist shrouds the air, and clouds weave through the branches, creating a setting so mystical it's as if it were conjured by magic. This moist, misty environment is a haven for moss, ferns, lichens, orchids, and a host of montane fauna unique to this highland sanctuary. The silence of the forest is profound, broken only by the soft whispers of nature as you navigate through the labyrinth of intertwining branches and stems. The elevated boardwalk, stretching 200 metres just before the peak, offers a safe pathway through the forest, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the serene beauty of this ancient woodland.


Exploring the Mossy Forest is an adventure meant for those who respect and marvel at nature's wonders. With the forest's vast expanse and challenging trails, it's advisable to visit with an experienced local guide. The boardwalk ends with a trail leading to Mount Irau, presenting an option for the more adventurous to trek to Cameron Highlands' highest peak. Those preferring a less strenuous experience can simply retrace their steps back.


The Mossy Forest welcomes visitors with an entry fee of RM10 for adults and RM5 for children below 12 years old for a 200m walk. The forest's cool climate calls for appropriate attire and trekking gear, ensuring a comfortable exploration. The best time to visit is early in the morning when the forest is at its most mystical, enveloped in a soft, ethereal mist that enhances its otherworldly ambience.

#JOM: Tulips turn Cameron Highlands into nature's kaleidoscope - March 5, 2024

In the picturesque landscapes of Cameron Highlands in Pahang, the national flower of Turkey and the Netherlands, tulips, have burst into a riot of colours, capturing the hearts of beholders. With over 2,500 tulips thriving in Malaysian soil, their full bloom is not just a spectacle but a vibrant display attributed to the country's prevailing higher temperatures.

An unexpected home

Lokmanulhakim Basiron, the general manager of the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) station in Cameron Highlands, proudly shared that this marks their third consecutive year of cultivating tulips at the Agro Technology Park Mardi.  The tulips have found an unexpected home in the tropical Malaysian climate and become an annual attraction, drawing unexpected visitors who flock to witness the blooming beauties. Originating from Iran and Turkey, these tulips undergo seed-breeding technology led by the Netherlands (Holland), and these bulbs are imported from there. "The Cameron Highlands Agro Technology Park Mardi planted 300 tulips in February 2022 at the Cameron Mini Flower Garden in conjunction with the school holidays. "In February last year, we planted 1,500 bulbs, and last month — 2,500 bulbs," he said at the park recently.

Ideal condition for Tulips

Lokmanulhakim explained that tulip flowers bloom gradually, displaying colours within five to 10 days after being transplanted into warm soil. However, they continue to bloom for two to three weeks, depending on the weather conditions.  He elaborated that the ideal temperature for growing them is below 12° C and the flower has a temperature tolerance limit of up to 29° C. "Tulips need more direct sunlight either in the morning or evening. They do not do well in high heat. The soil must have good drainage, a neutral to slightly acidic pH between 6 and 7, and be fertile and dry or sandy. So mulch, such as sphagnum moss, is used to control soil temperature and sustain moisture," he added. Lokmanulhakim said after the end of the flowering period, the stems and leaves must wilt naturally and turn yellow or brown before they are removed from the soil.

If the leaves are removed while still green, there will be insufficient food in the bulbs to bloom the following year, he said. "Cleaned tulip bulbs are stored in mesh bags at below 5° C in a cold room for 12 weeks to six months during their dormancy/inactive phase. "Then they are transferred to Leca (lightweight expanded clay aggregate) balls, a type of medium for rooting, at room temperature for a fortnight. After that the bulbs are placed in a planting medium such as peatgrow for three to four weeks to encourage growth before being transferred to the display site," he said.

Flower varieties

He listed this year's varieties as Rood (red), Yellow Baby (yellow), Flair (orange mix), Roze (light purple), Paars (dark purple), and Flaming Baby.  Apart from the tulip festival, there are a variety of Mediterranean fruits such as apples, pears, grapes and strawberries as well as popular flowers such as impatiens, camellias, dahlias, petunias, lilies and roses. The park serves as a stopover for highland tourism in Cameron Highlands, strategically located near the town of Tanah Rata. Positioned at an elevation of 1,400 metres above sea level, the area maintains a comfortable temperature throughout the year. Cameron Highlands is also home to the oldest tea plantation and the first tea factory in Malaysia, as well as a research centre for green agriculture. Entrance fees are reasonably priced at RM5 for children and senior citizens, RM10 for adults, and free for the disabled. Source - NST

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