Someone has cleared a trail that is 10-12 feet wide along the northeastern coast of Penang.

Pulau Jerejak cleared trail along northeast coast - April 2017

Part of the trail, plotted using GPS on the map below, is close to 400 metres long.

But it appears to extend further north as well (not plotted below). This clearing is probably not visible from the air or drone photography because it is blocked from view by the cover of trees beyond the edge of the cleared trail.

A fisherman said workers armed with a chainsaw and machetes were spotted on the island “dari bulan dua” (February 2017) onwards.

But they stopped coming in early April, he said, presumably after the clearing was publicised in the local media around the time of Penang Forum 7: #SaveJerejak.

From the fairly fresh surfaces of the stumps on the ground, you can see that the path appears to have been recently cleared.

Pulau Jerejak cleared trail along northeast coast - April 2017

Also the dried brown leaves have not yet fallen off the branches of chopped tree trunks, lying here and there at the edge of the trail.

Pulau Jerejak cleared trail along northeast coast - April 2017

Pulau Jerejak cleared trail along northeast coast - April 2017

Although plans were announced earlier for a round-the-island bicycle track, this cleared trail, complete with boundary markers (little sticks on the ground with plastic flags)…

Pulau Jerejak cleared trail along northeast coast - April 2017

Pulau Jerejak cleared trail along northeast coast - April 2017

… appears too steep in parts and the ground too undulating for it to be a comfortable bicycle route.

Pulau Jerejak cleared trail along northeast coast - April 2017

The fisherman said he had heard talk of a motocross track, though that is hard to verify.

Pulau Jerejak cleared trail along northeast coast - April 2017

More photographs here.

So what is going on here?

Examine all these photos and see what you think the clearing is for.

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Incidentally, the fisherman I spoke to said that the monthly earnings of fisher folk in the area have tumbled from RM3,000-4,000 in the past – when they could catch plentiful and much sought after fish like grouper – to just RM800.

He suggested that the dwindling catch could be due to nearby land reclamation, the second Penang bridge construction, and overfishing by the thousands of leisure fishing enthusiasts in the state.

Meanwhile, a group of concerned residents of Penang and beyond are calling for a day of prayer and meditation tomorrow, Sunday for the protection of Pulau Jerejak.

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  1. Not all theme parks last forever.
    Memories of Mimaland: Abandoned for over 20 years, M’sia’s first theme park still draws visitors – some, for all the wrong reasons
    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/memories-mimaland-abandoned-over-20-083353472.html

    Malaysia In Miniature Land, popularly known as Mimaland, was arguably Malaysia’s first theme park – and drew an endless stream of visitors every year.

    Located near Kampung Batu 12 in Ulu Gombak, the park opened its doors in 1975 and drew huge crowds to attractions that ranged from realistic dinosaur figures to fun water slides.

    But a series of technical and safety issues brought the fun to a stop in the early 1990s, and in 1994, the iconic theme park closed its doors.

    Today, Mimaland lies abandoned, but it continues to attract a smaller number of visitors of a different kind – those seeking adventure in a “Lost World”.

    A visit by the New Straits Times to the park recently revealed dilapidated, forgotten grounds more fitting for thrill-seekers than picnickers. After closing its doors overt 20 years ago, it is now barely recognisable.

    There is a security guard post at the park’s rundown main white gate (the land is privately-owned). The security guard, Hamkah Kokoh, 33, revealed that many thrill-seekers visit the ghostly park on a regular basis.

    “People still come for hiking, trail running, hunting and fishing,” said Hamkah, who has overseen the property for about five years.

    Most of the original structures in Mimaland are long gone, with the exception of a few collapsing halls and villas, which could be eerie or exciting to visit, depending on your individual point of view.

    Hamkah said there are also those who venture to Mimaland because they see it as a potential portal to the paranormal world.

    “I have heard that a lot of paranormal activities take place here. Maybe because of tragedies that had happened here in the past,” he said.

    “Many people believe that the land actually sits on a mystical area inhabited by ‘orang bunian’ (supernatural beings in Malay folklore). There were reports that people had seen a woman walking alone in the area. Some claim that they had been watched while venturing in the abandoned park.

    • You can bring your family to Movie Animation Park Studio (MAPS), Perak. official opening in late June 2017:

    • Mimaland was famous even b4 Jurassic Park or Walking with Dinosaurs movies. The kids of that era now all grown ups, and can take their children to Komtar Top Jurassic Tour and recall the memories of the past.

    • You can follow the stunts of Jamal Yunos, show up at Jerejak with media alert to get coverage over TV, Newspapers, electronic social media for example, Penang Forumers can stage round the island walkathon funded by concerned folks, with live streaming on anilnetto.com.
      Surely the next day you can get the response from Komtar 🙂

      • Penang Forum can hire a helicopter and get reporters to fly over Jerejak to see the damage – an effective way just like what Jamal had done to expose expensive home of PKR youth.

  2. Sunday 30 April
    Healing Energy Prayer
    for Pulau Jerejak and more…
    A worldwide event!
    We will all stand as a Rock for the Penangites and their Pulau Jerejak.

    A beautiful, historical Island needs to keep the peacefullness!
    A simple Universal prayer, an easy way to connect with your Source and get results that will surprise and delight you.
    Sit together if possible, use OPONOPONO.

    Focus your intention on Pulau Jerejak.
    The energy you will create will be powerful. Just use this simple prayer for Pulau Jerejak and more.

    I love you
    I’m sorry
    Forgive me
    Thank you.
    ~~~~~~~~~~

    The flower of Malaysia
    Peace be with you.

    If you cant do this with others, then take every opportunity to include this in your every day life. By using this little prayer everyone on Earth can play their part in making the changes which are nescesary to remove all that is dark and corrupt.
    The good energy is becoming more powerful each day.

    Sunday 30 of April
    Waves of Love and Mercy will be spread all over our beautiful planet especially for Pulau Jerejak, the fisherman friend and all involved. Keep the beauty of Pulau Jerejak
    and let the victoms of lepra, tb and warcrime rest in peace.

    Thank you for caring and sharing….

    Peace be with you

  3. PENANG, November 10, 2010 (AFP) – Overfishing in Southeast Asian seas has left garoupas and sea bass in dire straits, searching for mates on denuded seabeds, according to experts alarmed by ever-declining catches. Marine scientists and fishermen say that popular fish species — especially the large and valuable ones — have been caught indiscriminately, causing numbers to plunge dramatically.

    For big fish “finding a mate is a difficult task. They have to swim a long distance to find one,” said Edward Allison from the World Fish Center in Malaysia’s northern resort island of Penang.

    One of the culprits is bottom trawling, which involves dragging huge, heavy nets along the sea floor. Large metal plates and rubber wheels attached to the nets move along the bottom and crush nearly everything in their path.

    Allison said the habitat for young fish, or fry, is also shrinking because the mangrove swamps which provide food and protection are being obliterated by coastal development including tourist resorts.

    http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fish-stocks-dwindle-as-trawlers-empty-south-east-asias-seas/

    • FISH and prawn fry were released into the sea at Tanjung Asam, Gertak Sanggul in Penang, in a move to boost the state’s food supply.

      Aquaculture company Global Agro Life Sdn Bhd let go 500,000 prawn and 40,000 fish fry and has pledged to eventually release two million fish and prawn fry into the sea around Penang.

      The fish fry comprise sea bass (siakap in Malay) and red snapper (ikan merah), both popularly consumed at Chinese restaurants, hotels and tomyam food stalls.

      Local villagers and fishermen flocked to the beach yesterday to see the bounty going into the sea.

      Some even helped release the fry packed into hundreds of bags.

      Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng congratulated the company on their efforts to give back to society and help the environment.

      “I was told that the release of fish and prawn fry has to be done in stages,” he said.

      Lim added that subsequent releases of the fry would be managed by the company with advice from the state Fisheries Department.

      “There is a possibility that the second release can be done at a different location,” Lim said.

      According to a World Wildflife Fund fisheries assessment in 2013, the northern end of the Straits of Malacca showed signs of being heavily over-fished.

      It reported that annual catches per fisherman fell from 17.3 tonnes in 2000 to 14.4 tonnes in 2009 but total levels are maintained because of the increasing number of trawlers

      It also pointed out that much of the tonnages after 2009 came from trash fish and prawns.

      Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2017/05/01/giving-back-to-the-sea-fish-and-prawn-fry-release-aimed-at-boosting-food-supply/#Z7eYAZC33fimorwF.99

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