TALK OF THE TOWN
Saving Uncle Stripes
March 20, 2019
Affectionately known as “Harimau Belang” (Striped Tiger), “Pak Belang” (Uncle Stripes), the Malayan tiger has been a symbol of Malaysia’s pride for decades.
Sadly, the same cannot be said about our tigers in the Malaysian jungle. In the 1950s, Malaya was thought to have as many as 3,000 tigers. By 2003, that number was down to 500.
Now, as few as 250 Malayan tigers may be left in our jungles according to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and are recognized as an “endangered species” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
As a stand against abuse and poaching of tigers, PERHILITAN Peninsular Malaysia and the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources joined forces to organize the “Save Our Malayan Tiger” Campaign at MyTOWN on 17 March 2019. The event marks the launch of a 2-year campaign under the patronage of Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali.
Fun activities like animal recycled sculpture competition, doodle class, camera trap demonstrations, and more were participated by the public and local schools SK Seri Bintang Selatan, SMK Cochrane Perkasa, SK Convent Jalan Peel (M), SMK Seri Bintang Selatan and SK Seri Bintang Utara. Also on display was the tiger conservation awareness exhibition by government bodies and NGOs including PERHILITAN, WWF, MyCat, RIMAU and Sahabat Raja Rimba.
Officiating the event was Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister YB Dr Xavier Jayakumar and Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok. In his officiating speech, Dr Xavier announced that a Tiger Protection and Patrolling programme has been created to patrol the Malaysian jungle against increasing numbers of snares and intrusion of tiger habitat.
“The time has come to stop the killings of Malayan Tigers and other wildlife by these ruthless poachers. Today, on World Wildlife Day, I am declaring war against poachers,” said a determined Dr Xavier Jayakumar at the pre-launch.