In the last year, rapid development has taken place in this town which was well known for its natural beauty and cool weather. The developers are cutting away the oxygen lungs and clearing away forests on the hillsides. The weather has changed drastically in the past years, sometimes the hottest is even hotter than KL or other towns. 30 years ago we lived without fans. Now we need air-conditioning to get through most nights.
Maybe the town planners think they are bringing development and job opportunities for people but what is Pengkalan Hulu without its natural beauty and cool weather? For some years, nature camps and seminars were famous here for gov and private sectors. Only because it was like a cheaper and easier access to a cool hillside town with hotspring and caves. But if all these natural gifts are not taken care of and appreciated, the attraction will be lost. Pengkalan Hulu will be just like any other random town we drive through in the rural areas without a second look. It will be sad if that happens.
I dont know what possessed the local authority to approve another floating restaurant over the lake. I wonder where the wastes are being channeled through. It is disgusting to see grime and oily sediments floating by these restaurants. Some patrons just throw rubbish into the lake. As it is the lake water has become even unfit to be touched.
(both pics above from budak kroh facebook property of rembarber)
40-50, why even 30 years ago during my childhood, children plunged into the lake freely and frolicked in it for hours without having to worry about infections. The water was crystal clear. We even had regular water based carnivals here like they have been having for many many decades.
100 years ago, the lake was only water source for everyone. Though they have rechannelled the dirty drains from army camp and the school back into drains, still the main river from Tasek carries indiscriminate wastes. Won't be a surprise if the lake is the reason for people to fall sick very regularly in Pengkalan Hulu mostly because of air borne and water borne allergens and lung infections takes ages to heal. And the mosquito situation is often out of hand. The Kesihatan workers do the occasional spraying here and there without covering the whole area so the insects just keep switching places.
What is the use of planting bunga raya all around town and wasting money on expensive flower pots, decorative fences and other useless decors when the basic thing is not done i.e. the upkeep and cleanliness.
This indiscriminate commercialization without wanting to keep up Pengkalan Hulu just shows someone in authority wanting to make a quick profit and are not bothered what happens to this beautiful town in the long run, maybe he or she is not even from here to be able to appreciate it. How truly disappointing. In this case, you got to appreciate what the europeans do to preserve their country sides, banning over development and setting strict rules. Sigh..some people just dont get it. Very soon, Kroh will be just another rural town to drive through to get elsewhere.
Still, some of its blessings remain. Certain days, the magic just shines through, no matter what, that reminds you of its lost potential. Yet you try not to linger in the past and be thankful for what remains and hope somehow someone more responsible will come to preserve and care for what was given to us by God in the first place.