Floodwaters from Sungai Pahang wipe out lotuses in Lake Chini

HIDIR REDUAN

PEKAN: The once-thriving ecosystem of Lake Chini is now dying as excess floodwaters from Sungai Pahang flow into the lake. The murky waters and rising water level has killed the lake’s famed collection of lotuses.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said that the flooding in the state early this year had caused excess water from Sungai Pahang to flow into the lake.

“Lotus flowers have roots going all the way to the bottom of the lake. When the water level rises, the plants would die,” he said.

Wan Junaidi also noted during his one-hour work visit at the lake today that no signs of logging or mining activities could be attributed to pollution of the lake.

He was speaking during a press conference here this afternoon.

He also added that a special committee had been formed to monitor and spearhead rehabilitation efforts on the lake, adding that the committee will seek to ensure the lake achieve a full Class 1 water quality by 2019.