60 take part in M’sia Day Horn­bill Walk

The Borneo Post - - HOME - Septem­ber 17, 2017 By Ce­cilia Sman re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

MIRI: This year’s Malaysia Day which was cel­e­brated yes­ter­day was a spe­cial day not only for Malaysians in the whole coun­try, but also to the peo­ple of Miri who used to take part in the Horn­bill Walk at Pi­asau Na­ture Re­serve.

The Horn­bill Walk is held on ev­ery third Satur­day of the month and yes­ter­day the 47th Horn­bill Walk co­in­cided with Malaysia Day.

Thus it was or­gan­ised in a spe­cial way by about 60 peo­ple who took part in the walk led by Coun­cil­lor Karam­bir Singh – the trea­surer of the Pi­asau Camp Miri Na­ture Park So­ci­ety (PCMNPS).

Most par­tic­i­pants car­ried with them ei­ther the Jalur Gemi­lang or the state flag, as a sign of pa­tri­o­tism for the coun­try.

They also had group pho­to­graphs taken with the flags

This year, as our fam­ily day co­in­cides with the Horn­bill Walk, the mem­bers de­cided to take part in the Horn­bill Walk. Thus we made avail­able the re­fresh­ment here to share and cel­e­brate Malaysia Day. — Karam­bir Singh, MIA pres­i­dent

be­fore the walk which was held amidst driz­zle.

At the con­clu­sion of the walk they had fel­low­ship gath­er­ing, with re­fresh­ment, courtesy of the Miri In­dian As­so­ci­a­tion (MIA).

Karam­bir who is MIA pres­i­dent said the as­so­ci­a­tion’s mem­bers de­cided not to have the usual MIA’s fam­ily day which they nor­mally held to cel­e­brate Malaysia Day.

“This year, as our fam­ily day co­in­cides with the Horn­bill Walk, the mem­bers de­cided to take part in the Horn­bill Walk. Thus we made avail­able the re­fresh­ment here to share and cel­e­brate Malaysia Day,” Karam­bir told re­porters.

Also tak­ing part in the walk were ex­pa­tri­ates, stu­dents and visi­tors to Miri. Dur­ing the walk they also had op­por­tu­nity to watch the mama horn­bill – Juliet who is nestling in a hol­low of the tree near House 58 at the na­ture re­serve.

Horn­bill Walk is one of the ef­forts ini­ti­ated by PCMNPS and the Malaysian Na­ture So­ci­ety, Miri Chap­ter to drum up pub­lic sup­port, start­ing in 2012 to pres­sure the state gov­ern­ment to gazette Pi­asau Camp, the for­mer res­i­den­tial area for Sarawak Shell em­ploy­ees, as a na­ture re­serve.

It was sub­se­quently gazetted on Dec 2013 for its eco­log­i­cal, aes­thetic and his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance as­so­ci­ated with the oil and gas in­dus­try since 1910.

Among the rich bi­o­log­i­cal at­tributes of the 92.6ha (229 acres) PNR are 107 flora species and 75 fauna species in­clud­ing the to­tally pro­tected horn­bill and 44 other bird species, three mam­mal species, five am­phib­ian species, 12 rep­tile species and 10 but­ter­fly species.

Karam­bir (front row – cen­tre with tur­ban) hav­ing a photo call with par­tic­i­pants of the 47th Horn­bill Walk, cel­e­brat­ing Malaysia Day at the Pi­asau Na­ture Re­serve.

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