From the times of Marco Polo to the advent of the British East India Company, sailing ships have always stopped at Penang Island to get their supply of fresh water from the once pristine Penang Hills and the Waterfall.
As the centuries passed and the colonials left, the country came to be governed by the Malays together with their immigrant citizens from India and China.
The Alliance @ Parti Perikatan ruled Malaya since Independence from the British in 1957 and in 1963 came to form Malaysia with Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak.
From a country that was known the world over for our agricultural produce like rubber and palm oil, we were also famous for our tin ore.
Bits by bits of pristine rainforests fell victim to the machinations of those in power and large tracts of tropical jungle were destroyed over the years in the name of development.
Greedy bastards in the government encroached into the tropical forest reserves and just bulldozed their way into the forests and destroyed water tables and riverine sources.
They didn't give a shit about the lives of the Orang Asli's, the original inhabitants of this peninsular and simply used force to drive the Orang Asli's out of their traditional ancestral forests and highlands.
Lumber companies owned by the government linked companies and state development authorities ruthlessly cleared millions of trees and destroyed the flora and fauna as they pleased.
The destruction of the forests and the wanton clearing of the forests caused many precious species of plants and trees to be destroyed forever and the rivers which once flowed with clear pristine drinkable water turned into muddy, dirty open sewers.
Who is to be blamed for all these destruction?
No one else but the Barisan Nasional Government. From the times of the late Tunku Abdul Rahman to the present felon masquerading as the country's supreme leader, the crimes against Mother Earth and its inhabitants are all piling up non stop against this ruthless, greedy government who do not care about our natural heritage!
All the media propaganda showing 'Sayangilah Sungai Kita!; Sayangi lah Warisan Kita!' and all the other bullshit is just that!
The Orang Asli's have been systematically driven out from their forests and forced to live like squatters at the city fringes all over the peninsular.
The surviving ones are further being threatened with forced evictions like in the Kelau Dam Project which I have highlighted in the article before this.
Photos courtesy of Juergen Spiess Gallery.
If not for the presence of the Orang Asli's, the peninsular's tropical forest reserves may all have been cleared bit by bit under the name of development by the Barisan Nasional Government.
Truly, the Orang Asli's are the guardians of our country's ecological system.
This reality needs to be acknowledged by each and every Malaysian, regardless of your position or status in life.
The dire consequences of the Barisan Nasional Government's apathy towards our needs to preserve and protect our natural river water catchment areas is just too disastrous to be ignored by every Malaysian!
Even the Kedah State Government which just came under the PAS political party's rule had threatened to clear large tracts of the forests in the name of development recently and it's Menteri Besar Ustaz Azizan was defiant in wanting to go ahead with his plans to lumber the forests!
Talk about greedy insensitive morons who are so prone to destroying Almighty Allah's gift and trust to us ; all in the pretext of implementing development projects!!!
Do we really need to clear our forests to be developed?
Is there any idiot in authority who even gives a damn about the future of this country's water resources?
Why the hell are the Malay Sultans remaining deaf, dumb and blind to this wanton destruction of our country's natural heritages and our lifeline of fresh, drinkable water supplies?
I am truly frustrated beyond words to think of how these so called Masters of this Land are so insensitive and unfeeling towards the need to protect and preserve our country's water resources and our pristine forest reserves?
I came across this news report about a Canadian company that supplies fresh, natural water drinkable from its source.