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Catherine (left) has been interviewed by Shazmin Shamsuddin (right), presenter of ‘The Big Picture” on BFM 89.9, ‘the Business Station’ , on Thursday 16th of April 2009.

To listen to the 20mn  Podcast : http://www.bfm.my/responsible-travel-tourists-greenselipar.com.html.

Shaz invited the auditors to tellabout Greenselipar to ten of their friends, who should then tell to 10 of their friends….Thanks a lot Shaz.

We need you guys to tell your friends about Greenselipar.com.

STAY IN TOUCH with Gerai OA : Rockin’ For the Environment,  EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT

A two-day Arts, Music and Educational Fun Festival with a major focus on animal and environmental conservation awareness : Eco-Fair Bazaar, Environmental Talks, Adopt-an-Orang-Utan activities, Fun & Games for children, Gerai OA, Singer songwriter acoustic performances and more!

FREE entrance.

where: SoHoKL @ Solaris Mont Kiara
when:  Sat & Sun, 18 & 19 April 2009
time:  12 p.m. – 6 p.m

More info on Gerai OA Facebook page 

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It first started with Green Map® System which “promotes inclusive participation in sustainable community development worldwide, using mapmaking as their medium.” 

open-greenmapOn World Environment Day 2009, June 5 they will launch the Open Green Map that “charts natural, cultural and green living sites in your community and around the world.”

It seems an amazing open source tool, very useful to map green sites and initiatives. I will think about starting a Greenselipar map …. Read the rest of this entry »

The official opening of Gopeng’s community-based ‘history and culture centre’ on World Heritage Day 2009, 18 April is another milestone in Perak Heritage.

Gopeng is a pioneer tin-mining town of the Kinta Valley , 15km south of Ipoh , the capital of Perak state. Inhabited by communities of Orang Asli, Malays, Chinese, Indians and Sikhs, this old town has many stories to tell.

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The ‘Gopeng history centre‘, yet to be officially named in English, is located at No.28, Jalan Eu Kong, in a row of double-storey brick shophouses built in 1887 by Eu Kong. Eu Kong is the founder of the pharmaceutical empire, Eu Yan Sang, which has its beginning in Gopeng.

 

Last year, local-born-and-bred Bernard Yaw commenced restoration of the shophouse, their ancestral home. Now, its upper floors provide a living space and rooms for his family for when they ‘come home’. The ground floor becomes the Gopeng history centre, which is devoted to the promotion and appreciation of local history, and its hometown heritage.

 The centre is the initiative of local residents led by Bernard Yaw. It is home to a non-governmental organization to be named Pertubuhan Pengurusan Muzium Gopeng, registration pending, with a small select committee of locals chaired by Yaw. A local historian, Mr Phang Sai Hong has created a permanent exhibition of historical images and a wide range of historical objects. A former teacher, Phang wants to focus on the history of this ‘town of tin and rubber’, passing onto the young the knowledge of his hometown.

A lack of town planning has caused the corrosion of the town’s heritage. Knowledge of its history can help to reverse its decline and revive the town. Already, eco-tourism in the jungle nearby, ancestral home of the Orang Asli, has made Gopeng a popular destination. A history centre will provide a focal interest in Gopeng town, where local communities can share their hometown with visitors. Increasing economic activities will benefit local traders and service providers.

The people of Gopeng take pride in their hometown. They identify with the place with cherished memories. Gopeng is primed for hometown heritage.

The Perak Heritage Society (PHS) supports hometown heritage and the efforts of the Gopeng history centre in creating a space for the appreciation of the town’s history, for both locals and visitors. We hope that other shophouse owners in Gopeng will get inspired to renew their buildings and put it to economic uses, to create employment opportunities to the young and stop the drain of human resources.

On this day, various heritage sites in town will share the joy of the occasion and welcome visitors. The PHS will offer a self-guide map to Gopeng with walking trails (at minimal cost), as well as guided walk on request for a donation yet to be set.

The official opening ceremony begins at 10 am. It will be followed by light refreshments for invited guests, then a guided walk. Poster : gopeng-cameron-highlands-trek-april-09

 Law Siak Hong

President of the Perak Heritage Society

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Where to stay : Gopeng Rainforest Resort

Want to see a Rafflesia after : SEMAI of Ulu Geroh

Annual arrival of hundreds of Raptors: join Raptor Watch Weekend on 
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of March 2009 

Who they are and what they do

rww-raptorsEvery year the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) celebrates this annual arrival of hundreds, sometimes thousands of honey-buzzards, goshawks, sparrowhawks, Black bazas and many more birds of prey. These amazing winged creatures pause in the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve (not far from Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan) as they make their way on their long sojourn to their breeding grounds in Japan, Siberia, Kamchatka, Korea and other far-flung northern areas. Located at the narrowest part of the Malacca Straits, the raptors stop here to recharge after flying non-stop for 32km from Indonesia.

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