In conjunction with World Ranger’s Day, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) contributed hi-tech gadgets worth RM28,477 to the Perak State Parks Corporation (PTNPK) on Monday, August 8.

Among the items given were a satellite phone, global-positioning-system devices, camping equipment, walkie-talkies and cameras.

Acting General Manager Noor Asmah Mohd Nawawi said that the gadgets will help its staff, especially the rangers, in observing and surveying the Royal Belum State Park.

Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Multimedia and Communications, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi received the gifts on behalf of the corporation.

“The Royal Belum State Park has one of the oldest rainforests in the world. It’s an important area for biodiversity conservation and preservation in Malaysia. These much-needed items will help ease surveillance work, especially in ensuring that wild animals in the park live freely without any external threats,” said Nolee in her acceptance speech.

They were presented by WWF’s Head of Conservation, Norizan Mohd Mazlan at the State Secretariat Building, Ipoh.

“I wish to thank WWF for its contributions. This is their second time to PTNPK. Besides maintaining the biodiversity and conserving the environment, the gadgets are a form of protection to the rangers themselves,” she added.

Rosli Mansor