Tree Planting Boosts Tigers

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Pahang, Sept 12: A team consisting of 100 individuals from the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) Project recently undertook a tree-planting initiative aimed at enriching the habitats of Malayan Tigers within the confines of the Malayan Tiger Conservation Center (MTCC). Approximately 100 different types of trees have been successfully planted at MTCC, as part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts of the ECRL Project. This initiative seeks to promote awareness of Malayan Tiger conservation and is conducted in collaboration with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) through the ‘Malayan Tiger Habitat Enrichment Cooperation Programme.’
MRL, the entity owning the ECRL Project, and China Communications Construction (ECRL) Sdn Bhd (CCC-ECRL), the primary contractor, have made substantial contributions to the success of the ‘Malayan Tiger Habitat Enrichment Cooperation Programme.’
The ‘Malayan Tiger Habitat Enrichment Cooperation Programme’ is a multi-phase endeavor, with the first phase encompassing activities like soil treatment, liming, and fertilization. The second phase involves planting saplings, shade trees, and fruit trees, while the third phase focuses on the maintenance, pruning, and fertilization of trees within the MTCC enclosures.
This program is expected to align with the long-term plans of PERHILITAN and MTCC in safeguarding the Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) population and supporting their breeding efforts as an endangered species.
The construction of the 665-kilometer-long ECRL alignment places a strong emphasis on environmental protection, forest conservation, and wildlife preservation. In 2022, CCC-ECRL and PERHILITAN signed an additional agreement to enhance conservation and wildlife mitigation efforts along the railway alignment. The design of the ECRL alignment incorporates features like 40 tunnels, approximately 145 kilometers of elevated tracks, and 27 wildlife box culverts at strategic locations to minimize its impact on natural ecosystems. Wildlife surveys and camera traps are used along the railway line to monitor wildlife populations.
MRL, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Minister of Finance (Incorporated) [MOF (Inc.)], serves as the project and asset owner of the 665-kilometer-long ECRL, while CCC-ECRL operates as the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) contractor. The ECRL, spanning across the East Coast states of Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang, ultimately connects to the Klang Valley on the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

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