After ridiculously touting a golf course as the future of Penang, they want a tiger park in Penang.

PENANG, March 15 (Bernama) — The Penang government plans to open a tiger park at Relau Community Park aimed at attracting more tourists to the state.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the ecotourism project would only be implemented after considering views from non-governmental organisations (NGO) and the local community. [Penang Plans A Tiger Park At Relau. Bernama. March 15 2009]

If the project goes through, I would like to have the CM of Penang together with the tigers in the cage. Now, that would be real entertainment.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Nature Society responds to the proposal:

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has been advised to reconsider its intention to build an ambitious tiger park in the state.

Malaysian Nature Society Penang Branch chairman Kanda Kumar said setting up the park would not be right as Penang had no record of the animal’s existence.

”Most tourists would rather spend on heritage and food, not see animals in cages. Land-stressed Penang can do with more houses and recreational parks instead,” he said. [Rethink plan to build tiger park, Penang urged. Priscilla Dielenberg. The Star. March 17 2009]

I concur. I concur not because I am a member of MNS, but I concur because it is right.

Besides, it is exceedingly cruel to put tigers in cages or in small area. Tigers require large space to roam free. Have you been to the National Zoo near Kuala Lumpur to observe these large mammals behave in small enclosure?

It is a sad affair there. The situation is worse in Malacca Zoo for tigers though I am sure the management over there is trying hard to make do whatever they have to help those tigers, which are mostly captured from the wild after confrontation with humans.

What we need instead is a proper tiger sanctuary, not another zoo, tiger park, etc.

If the CM wants to promote tourism in Penang, he could do better by directing the money to clean up the dirty rivers of Penang.

4 Responses to “[1925] Of keep the tigers in the jungle and out of cage”

  1. on 17 Mar 2009 at 18:11 KY

    Seconded! 😉

  2. on 17 Mar 2009 at 23:26 moo_t

    Tiger park in Penang? Oh my, what the f*cking big deal to show tiger in cage? There is so many heritage in Penang to be promoted, and they though of tiger park?

  3. on 18 Mar 2009 at 09:42 oneworldmaybenot

    Knowing Malaysians’ maintenance skills or rather lack of it, we might see escaped tigers. Then imagine newspaper headlines “A technical problem” LOL!

  4. on 24 Mar 2009 at 12:12 G Balamurugan

    I am not going to say anything about the tiger in Penang. What I want to highlight is that Penang has many natural attractions that can be better developed and attract hordes of visitors.

    The most obvious would be the Penang National Park at Pantai Acheh. It was declared a national park in April 2003. Covering an area of 2,562 hectares and located on the western tip of the island, it is the smallest National Park in Malaysia. This park contains a collection of habitats not found in other national parks in Malaysia: lake, wetlands, mangroves, mudflats, coral reefs and turtle nesting beaches. The beaches are excellent.

    Those folks who are not convinced that a small mangrove park can attract many visitors, I suggest that you visit the Sungai Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR) in Singapore. It is tiny (87 hectares only) – yet it attracts hundreds of visitors everyday. It is very well managed, has lots of things for visitors to do, the nature interpretation facilities are wonderful and it is a joy to spend time there. The SBWR is a classic example of how small nature areas can be turned into major attractions.

    I would strongly encourage the folks from the Penang Government to visit SBWR in Singapore. Pantai Acheh is a jewel that Penang can fully tap – for the benefits of Penangites, Malaysians and visitors from all over the world. The trick is of course in the management and promotion – something that we all can learn from Singapore.

    Let’s leave the tiger alone.

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