by Aiman Syazwan Roslan
TRCRC has launched their third office in Grik, Perak. The office was officiated by our Patron, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and our chairperson, Tun Jeanne Abdullah on the 21st of September 2015. The office was launched in order for TRCRC to focus on conserving endangered tree species of Perak, connecting the Belum-Temengor forest, and enhance animal food supply with the use of wild fruit trees, in line with the Federal Government’s Central Forest Spine (CFS) initiative. TRCRC has also worked closely with the Perak Forestry Department, Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) Perak by contributing their expertise to develop the viaduct (animal crossing) located in the Amanjaya Forest Reserve in Gerik, Perak.
TRCRC’s Tropical Rainforest Living Collection (TRLC) is located within the Amanjaya Forest Reserve with a primary focus to hold an ex-situ collection of wild, native fruit trees. The viaduct project under the CFS Master Plan for Ecology Corridors will provide a safe route for wildlife movement as well as reestablishing natural food chains. The launching of the viaduct was performed by Sultan Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah accompanied by the Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim. Also present was the fifth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi; his wife and chairperson of our organization, Tun Jeanne Abdullah; and the Perak Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir. The project took four years to complete from 2012 to 2015.
Apart from providing safer movement routes, the viaduct was implemented due to a difference in wildlife populations between two forest complexes separated by the Gerik – Jeli highway. The viaduct that was successfully launched has been recorded in the Malaysia Book of Records as the ‘Longest Multiple Span Composite Bridge Constructed Using Ultra-High Performance Concrete’ (UHPC).