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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Successfull Renovate @ Revamp Bird House at Sabah

Alhamdulillah...syukur kehadratNYA dengan keizinanan daripadaNYA, RBW kawan saya berjaya diubahsuai setelah beberapa ketika tidak mendatangkan hasil. Dengan ilmu dan pengalaman saya yang tidak seberapa ini, saya hanya memberi sedikit pandangan keatas RBW kawan saya apa yang perlu diubahsuai dan selepas seminggu berjalan ia meunjukkan hasil....ingin saya berkongsi buat semua...

Gambar 1

Gambar 2

Gambar 3

Gambar2 diatas adalah kawasan yang perlu diubah suai selain ubahsuai teknikal yg lain...
di bawah nih saya sertakan lakaran asal RBW ini (2D):

Setelah meneliti gambaran yang diberi....saya membuat beberapa lakaran kasar yang perlu beliau ubahsuai dan saya juga mengandaikan arah burung pulang sebab beliau tidak menyatakan arahnya (nak pegi tgk jauh so just buat andaian la arah burung tuh balik)

so daripada lakaran tuh, saya cadangkan beliau tutup terus lubang kedua seperti gambar 2.

kemudian buka 1 LMB (lubang masuk burung) dibahagian depannya(luar) dan di bahagian dalam di kawasan Gambar 1. Letak pula Hexagon or Bazooka kt hujung atas atap seperti dlm lakaran di bawah.

lepastuh buat sket susunan speaker yg sesuai seperti lakaran bawah ni..

last skali saya cadangkan beliau buka trus partition yg tak diperlukan..

bahagian bwh pula saya cadangkan beliau boleh buka atau mahu kekalkan VIP room tuh...
itu saja...dan feedbacknya...(jeng..jeng..jeng..)

Ini lah hasilnya...may god bless u bro...

Ada rezki lebih nanti bantu la pada yang kurang upaya....(pesanan kepada diri sendiri dan juga untuk semua)


No doubt forest encroached

No doubt forest encroached
Published on: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Kota Kinabalu: No settlements or villages have ever been recorded in the Segarong Forest Reserve (Class I Protection) that was gazetted in 1931, 80 years ago, for protection of the environment and as a water catchment for Semporna.
Forestry Director Datuk Sam Mannan said aerial photo images taken in the 1950s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s reflected the virgin and extensive forest cover of Segarong. To re-enforce its conservation status, it was re-gazetted again in 1984 in a statewide exercise.
Unfortunately, over the last 10 years, encroachments crept in with land clearing and crop cultivation, primarily oil palm, so much so that, some 160 hectares (eight per cent) of the total 2,029 hectares, have been plundered with illegal immigrant workers providing labour and a handful of locals as the ultimate beneficiaries, he said.
"Attempts to stop the encroachments in the early days met resistance and interference from various sources, thus giving spirit and moral strength to the encroachers.
"Consequently, the deforestation continued to spread.
Fortunately, the political will is now there to thwart the encroachments before the whole forest reserve disappears as a consequence of mob rule," he said in a statement, Tuesday.
Sam said notices to vacate the area had been given at numerous times over the years to the encroachers but to no avail.
Instead, forest reserve plates marking the boundary of the reserve were repeatedly destroyed and vandalised, he said, adding that not less than eight people have been arrested in Segarong. They were charged in court, penalised and jail sentences served on them in the last four years for various forest offences.
He said despite the arrests and convictions, the encroachers were adamant on annexing the area, in total disregard to the laws of the country.
Sam said there were no settlements in Segarong save for the Bird Nest collectors, who were given occupation permits by the department for their dwellings near the caves to facilitate collection during the harvesting season and to protect the caves.
Segarong is one of a number of Bird's Nest Caves in the East Coast of Sabah, for which intention, the original gazette was made.
The caves therein, are managed under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1998, in which the rights to collect birds' nest were given to a particular community since colonial days.
He also said there were no graveyards or villages in the reserve.
"The encroachers do not live in the reserve and they come from villages far away from the vicinity of Segarong.
"With increasing deforestation of lands outside the reserve system (statelands and alienated lands), the island of forest in Segarong is vital to ensure the survival and viability of the swiflet population in the Semporna Peninsula and the small bird nest industry of Semporna," he said.
Sam said the problem of encroachments, with illegal immigrants providing labour, is a serious problem in the East Coast of Sabah, with Semporna, having a very high incidence of illegal cultivation, illegal occupation and sporadic illegal tree felling for sales in the district.
Even the islands off Semporna, such as Timbun Mata, were a crucible of sporadic but widespread tree felling for planks (bantalans), he said, adding that any attempt to appease the law violators will therefore only exacerbate the situation.
Between 2003 and 2006, he said 732 people were arrested and charged for various forest offences in Sabah, with 471 or 64 per cent of them being illegal immigrants.
While from 2007 to 2010, 492 people were arrested throughout Sabah, with 274 (56 per cent) being illegals. In the case of Semporna, between 2003 and 2006, 202 people were arrested with 118 or 58 per cent being illegal immigrants. For the period 2007 to 2010, 68 illegal immigrants (44 per cent) were arrested in Semporna out of a total of 153 people.
"These statistics represent some of the highest cases of illegal immigrant related forest offences, in the State," he said, adding that if uncontrolled, the situation in Semporna would descend into environmental chaos and the majority of the people of the district will suffer, losing their natural wealth, water catchments, clean water, nature based tourism, and nature reserves, to a handful of law violators.
"This scenario cannot be accepted in a country like Malaysia, where the Rule of Law prevails," he said.
Furthermore, he said the enforcement work against such violators was not restricted to Semporna alone but is carried out successfully throughout the State, including reserves such as Ulu Kalumpang, Andrassy, Madai-Baturong, Sapagaya, Ulu Segama, Garinono and Semporna mangrove reserves amongst others.
Sam said out of the approximately 40,000 hectares of illegal oil palm in forest reserves, at least 20,000 hectares have been retrieved, destroyed and replanted with forest trees by the Forestry Department.
He added that such actions will continue and after the illegal oil palm in Segarong have been removed, the area will be rehabilitated with forest trees.
"Given that the oil palm industry is vital to the economic well being of Sabah, Sabah cannot be seen to tolerate and acquiesce to the loss of rainforests to illegal oil palm, which in the end, will jeopardise the industry as environmental pressure will result in Sabah oil palm being avoided in the world market for being "tainted"," he said.
"Whatever actions the department has taken in Segarong is for the benefit and the greater good of the majority of the people of Sabah and Semporna, in the long run," he said.
Minister in the Chief Minister's Department, Datuk Nasir Tun Sakaran had recently urged the Forestry Department to study thoroughly the problem faced by early settlers in Kg Sungai Nasip in Semporna before taking action to demolish the settlement.
Nasir, who is also Senallang Assemblyman, said the department needs to be more responsible in considering the people's welfare instead of taking drastic action to demolish their settlement.
"Don't take drastic action and give the people problem É they need to refer the matter and find a solution because the area has been gazetted as early as in 1984," he said.
Expressing disappointment with the department, Nasir urged Director, Datuk Sam Mannan to come down to the district to conduct an overview and find a way out of the issue.
Nasir was making the comment in response to the Department's action in allegedly demolishing the settlement and crops as well as graveyards of the people in Kg Sungai Nasip.


Bird's nest boom has Malaysian producers drooling

Bird's nest boom has Malaysian producers drooling
SITIAWAN, Malaysia — Thousands of swiftlets erupt from their roosts, swirling into a brightening dawn in a riotous ritual that announces the start of each day in this coastal town in northern Malaysia.
But the tiny birds emerge not from natural cave roosts, but from a purpose-built swiftlet "farm" resembling an industrial building that affords easy access to the valuable nests used in bird's nest soup.
Such farms are at the centre of a Malaysian effort to capitalise on the growing world popularity of the soup, a delicacy believed in Chinese society to be an aphrodisiac and provide a range of health benefits.
Strong demand for the so-called "Caviar of the East" from newly wealthy consumers in China and India and in the Middle East is fuelling unprecedented new growth in a world market estimated by Malaysia's government at more than $6 billion.
"The Middle East is our new market. They are feeding bird's nest soup to race horses to make them run faster," said Loke Yeu Loong, managing director of the swiflet farm in the rural coastal town of Sitiawan.
"At the moment, demand outstrips supply."
The cup-shaped collections of twigs are held together by dried swiftlet saliva, which is made into a gelatinous soup credited in China with everything from alleviating asthma to arresting the ageing process.
In 2009, world production reached 3,750 tonnes, 75 percent of which came from Indonesia.
Thailand and Malaysia, where the birds also are found in huge numbers, produced most of the rest.
But safety and environmental concerns have forced a move away from the caves and disused buildings where swiftlets roost, and Malaysian harvesters are today building thousands of surrogate homes for the birds.
Loke opened his first dedicated swiftlet farm in 2009 -- several block-long rows of neatly designed three-storey buildings with sealed doors and windows and hollow interiors -- outside Sitiawan in Perak state.
Enticed by swiftlet mating songs played from loudspeakers, the birds enter via small openings and build their nests.
From just a few hundred individual bird houses in the late 1990s, there are now about 50,000 in Malaysia, according to the government.
Malaysia produced about 275 tonnes of bird's nest in 2010, worth some 1.5 billion ringgit ($470 million), and the government projects output growing to 500 tonnes by 2020.
Demand has pushed the average price of a kilogramme of Malaysia bird's nest to 4,000 ringgit today, four times what it was 20 years ago.
"Obviously at present we can't meet the huge growing consumer demand for edible bird's nest," Loke said.
His firm, Swiftlet Eco Park, is now developing or planning 14 other sites nationwide and aims to become Malaysia's top producer.
The Malaysian industry hatched in the 1980s but gained momentum after the 1997 Asian financial crisis left many property developments abandoned or unfinished.
Resourceful entrepreneurs capitalised on this -- and the lack of industry regulation -- to use many such sites as swiftlet farms.
But they ran into opposition amid complaints that the recorded bird song disturbed human residents and that droppings posed a potential health threat in the avian flu era. Calls for regulation have grown louder.
As a result, government officials say authorities have stopped approving new farms in urban areas and that legislation expected soon would ban them except in rural zones.
Environmentalists criticise the repeated snatching of the birds' diligently built nests, often before they can lay their eggs, as cruel to the swiftlets.
"Our major concern is the distress caused to the birds," said Mohamad Idris, president of the Malaysian branch of Friends of the Earth.
Mohamad Noorhisham, head of swiflet supervision for Malaysia's veterinary services agency, said legislation expected next year would ensure safe, sustainable and bird-friendly development of the industry.
Among other things, it will outlaw harvesting of nests containing chicks.
"We want the industry to be environmentally and people-friendly," he said.
But with the birds plentiful -- the government does not have precise figures -- and processed nests fetching high prices, the growth looks to continue.
Five years ago, swiftlet farmer John Peor had a handful of the purpose-built structures.
Today, his firm Yenzheka Technology has more than 60, producing about 200 kilogrammes of nests per month for export to Hong Kong and China. He hopes to raise monthly output to 500 kilogrammes.
"Buyers book in advance. I sell processed bird's nest for anything between 8,000 to 15,000 ringgit per kilogramme, depending on the grade," he said.
Producers and veterinary officials say that while concerns must be addressed, farming is more sustainable.
"In cave harvesting, where they bid huge sums of money to secure the right to harvest the bird's nest, they need to harvest as many nests as possible," Loke said, adding that meant chicks or eggs were often destroyed.
Loke says his firm does not destroy chicks or eggs, viewing them as the seeds of future growth.
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