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22 July, 2010

Botanical Garden for Pangkor

THE Perak Forestry Department should identify a suitable forest reserve in Pangkor to create a botanical garden for tourism and research purposes, said Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.

He said such a garden would encourage more tourists to visit the state which would benefit the local communities.

“A research laboratory can also be set up in the forest in Pangkor for scientists from various educational and research institutions,” he said in his speech when opening the Pangkor Forest Biodiversity Scientific Expedition Seminar at Impiana Hotel in Ipoh on Monday night.

His speech was read by Perak Health, Local Government, Consumer, Environment, Tran-sport and Non-Muslim Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.

Dr Zambry said all findings from the seminar should be compiled into a book for future reference for the public and the state government.

He said as Pangkor assemblyman and native of the island, he would like to thank the forestry department for its effort to conduct the expedition last year followed by the seminar.

The expedition which was conducted from May 4 to May 8 last year had among others managed to identify a mite species, known as Leptotrombiodium deliense, which could pose a health risk to the public.

A total of 210 participants from various agencies and non-govermental organisations took part in the seminar where 31 working papers covering forest management and flora and fauna in Pangkor were presented.

-- The Star --



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