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Sebatang sungai di Gunungjati, Cirebon

Sebatang sungai yang entah apa namanya. Terletak di daerah Gunungjati di Kota Cirebon.

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February 5, 2014 · 11:51 pm

Oh kasihan nasib Si Ciliwung!

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Aku berkesempatan melawat Kebun Raya di Bogor sekitar Julai last year. Agak terkejut dan terkilan melihat keadaan Ciliwung yang kotor dan dipenuhi sampah. Ya, inilah Ciliwung yang sama yang mengalir membelah kota Jakarta, melalui Depok terus ke Masjid Istiqlal. Aku pernah menulis tentang Ciliwung beberapa tahun yang lalu. Kusangka Ciliwung tercemar selepas melalui kawasan ibukota, tetapi rupa-rupanya ia ‘ternoda’ sejak dari hulu lagi. Sayang, tidak ada sesiapa yang peduli atau mungkin ini sudah menjadi lumrah bagi kebanyakan sungai-sungai di Indonesia? Bukankah elok kalaupun Ciliwung di Jakarta tidak dapat lagi diselamatkan, tetapi sekurang-kurangnya Ciliwung di Bogor masih bisa dirasai kedinginan dan kejernihan airnya?

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January 6, 2014 · 5:28 pm

Japanese did it right!

First of all, i would like to give credits to whom these photos belong. (taken from skyscrapercity.com)

This is a great example of drainage beautification. Japan being a land of sakura does emphasis on enhancing its landscape with cherry blossom trees. It is kind of typical scenery during spring in Japan where sakura blossoming along rivers and water drainage. Even a small drainage like photos above are beautifully manicured to bring excitement to the local communities and memories to those who visited the place.

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Sungai Golok สุไหงโก-ลก

Ada sebuah pekan kecil, yang kalau nak disebut ‘pekan’ pun terlalu kecil tarafnya untuk dipanggil ‘pekan’. Pekan Munduk. Satu nama panggilan oleh orang Kelantan untuk satu daerah tempat membeli-belah yang ala Rantau Panjang tetapi lebih murah katanya. Pekan ini terletak di Thailand dan dipisahkan oleh Sungai Golok.

Medium untuk mencapai ke sana ialah perahu penambang. Dikenakan RM1 seorang untuk 1 hala. Jaraknya, cuma 30 meter jer mengikut perkiraan aku. So, apa yang ada di sana? Makanan murah, baju ‘unbranded’ and fake branded yang murah (RM20 untuk seluar Levi’s tiruan). Thailand, biasalah, semua tiruan! 😀

Di kedua-dua sempadan dikawal oleh tentera Malaysia dan Thailand, dan passport tidak diperlukan. So, kalau ada kelapangan bolehlah spend masa di sana, ya!


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When the rain fall…

When the rain comes, the nastiest river we will see. Silt, domestic waste, dead bodies (oh no, this is not India! :D) are all floating, running through the concrete jungle, going to the sea.

Unless you are willing to be hospitalized for cholera, who dares to go kayaking in this river? This is truly a challenging kayak ever!

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A Place Where River and Ocean Meet

Terengganu is blessed with its longest coast in Peninsular Malaysia. Good thing about it, most of its beautiful beaches are still far from being commercialised. You might know about Tanjung Jara beach, but this beach needs some little attention.

What if a world class resort to be built around here?

Anyway, isn’t it beautiful seeing clear freshwater flowing into the mighty ocean? and this Kemasek beach (somewhere in Dungun) has a great lagoon, safe enough for small children enjoying the water.

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Masjid Jamek | Yesterday and Today

Earliest photo of Masjid Jamek in 1909

the 'muddy confluence' in 1980s

Klang River

…as what it is today

Pertemuan Sungai Gombak dan Sungai Klang dalam 3 zaman. Saya fikir tak keterlaluan jika fikir betapa bebalnya DBKL yang langsung tidak peka dengan kawasan bersejarah yang sepatutnya bukan sahaja dikawal pembangunan sekeliling, malah diperindahkan untuk tatapan setiap generasi.

Di sini lah ‘Kuala Berlumpur’ bermula. Sebuah pekan kecil yang sekadar menjadi tempat perlombongan bijih timah, menjadi sebuah kota yang terkenal dengan Menara Berkembar Petronas.

Sayangnya, kawasan ini yang sepatutnya menjadi bahan tatapan di poskad-poskad, tidak sanggup untuk ditonjolkan sebagai pusat perlancongan. malu. aib. terhina. oh, apalah yang ada di benak fikiran penguasa-penguasa yang membeku di bilik-bilik berhawa dingin di bangunan yang tidak jauh dari masjid ini berdiri. Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.

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Greater KL to be a top metropolis by 2020

ahhh…finally i can hear a good news on authority seeing river as an asset.

2010/08/18 By Shuhada Elis

KUALA LUMPUR: Greater KL is targeted to be in the top 20 list in world economic growth and most liveable metropolis by 2020, says Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

Commenting on the 10-year plan to transform the city into the best place to live in, Raja Nong Chik said the ministry would lead Greater KL to simultaneously achieve the target.

“We aim to be the only metropolis in Asia.”

Ten municipalities have been included under Greater KL to create a sprawling liveable city and economic hub. They are Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selayang, Ampang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Klang, Kajang and Sepang.

The 279,327ha size of Greater KL is about four times the size of Singapore.

Raja Nong Chik said besides the ministry, the Economic Planning Unit and the Performance Management Delivery Unit, under the Prime Minister’s Department, City Hall and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) were also involved in making Greater KL a success.

The ministry will be in charge of leading the overall planning while City Hall and SPAD will execute the projects. “The Selangor state government is also included.”

Raja Nong Chik said so far, the ministry had not held a meeting on the Greater KL plan but he believed the Selangor government would cooperate. “It is a win-win situation. So I hope politics will be put aside.”

He said Greater KL was the Federal Government’s initiative to create more job opportunities and a better public transport system.

Minister in charge of EPU, Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, recently said that Greater KL was about driving the economy and improving the quality of life. He expected Greater KL to help the country reap RM115 billion a year in income over the next 10 years.

Raja Nong Chik said 20 per cent green areas were planned for Greater KL, stating that Putrajaya, which boasts 34 per cent greenery, was the best model.

City Hall would provide a 42km-walkway throughout the city and would spearhead the upgrading of the Klang and Gombak rivers. “They will be a hub for activities where people can jog and cycle.”

Raja Nong Chik said all the projects were expected to begin next year.

“Other big plans include building an underground railway line.”

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New Seoul

The rebirth of Cheonggyecheon is changing the landscape of Seoul

ahhh….look how a nice river can change city landscape. imagine if this project haven’t been done, do you think people will ever spend their time with family in that area?

physiologically, living in a clean, beautiful city can effect one’s behaviour….

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Singapore River – History, Tourism and Water Resource

Sungai Singapura adalah sejarah Singapura bermula. daripada sebuah kampung nelayan, kepada pusat pentadbiran british kepada pusat perdangan utama asia tenggara. Sungai Singapura tetap mengalir dan turut mengalami beberapa perubahan yang significant.

Starting in the 1880s, there was heavy traffic on the Singapore River due to rapid urbanization and expanding trade. At the same time, it brought in water pollution caused by the disposal of garbage, sewage and other by-products of industries located along the river’s banks. The sources of water pollution into the Singapore River and Kallang Basin included pig wastes from pig and duck farms, unsewered premises, street hawkers and vegetable wholesaling. Riverine activities such as transport, boat building and repairs were also found along the Singapore River. Some 750 lighters plied along the Singapore River and Kallang Basin in 1977. Waste, oil spills and wastewater from these boats and lighters added to the pollution of the rivers.

In 1977, Lee Kuan Yew, then the Prime Minister put forth an ambitious goal for the government to clean up the Singapore River and Kallang Basin: and in ten years let us have fishing in the Singapore River and Kallang River. It can be done.By October 1977, an action plan on “The Clean-up of the Singapore River and Kallang Basin” was submitted to the Prime Minister. By late 1977, the government was starting to take action to clean up the river. The plan involved the development of infrastructure such as housing, industrial workshops and sewage; massive resettlement of squatters, backyard trades and industries and farmers; re-siting of street hawkers to food centres; and phasing out of pollutive activities. Industries located by the river were removed and squatters were resettled into flats. Refuse was collected daily for incineration, while hawkers were issued licenses and provided specified areas with proper sewerage amenities. The dredging of the river bed and the removal of hundreds of tons of debris which had been piled up over the years helped marine life to return to the tidal river.

itu adalah petikan dari wikipedia. ternyata untuk membersihkan sungai, satu ‘political will’ amat diperlukan oleh pemerintah. kalau setakat Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS) dan sealirannya yang buat, tanpa ada usaha bersungguh-sungguh dari Perdana Menteri sendiri, proses tersebut akan menjadi lambat dan mungkin tergendala.

Sungai Klang memang sedang menjalani satu proses pembersihan oleh JPS. tidak dinafikan usaha mereka. cuma, seperti yang telah saya katakan, PM sendiri perlu kerahkan rakyat untuk turut sama terlibat. Tidak ada guna jika walaupun JPS bersusah payah membersih, tetapi penduduk masih tidak berasa bersalah membuang sisa domestik ke dalam sungai.

Sekarang, Sungai Singapura mengalami satu lagi transformasi, iaitu ia akan dipisahkan dari laut. dengan kata lain, air sungai di muara akan dinyahgaramkan bagi tujuan sumber minuman pagi penduduk singapore. ada pros and cons but it is what singapore needs desperately; Water.

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