Source from : Jan Stuivenberg
Malaysia has many beautiful waterfalls. Unfortunately, pollution by irresponsible visitors is often a problem.
Recently I visited, with my friends Joe and Rahim, a waterfall in the Ulu Yam region, which can probably be rated as the most polluted waterfall of Malaysia.
When you drive from the Batu Caves to Ulu Yam, you will first pass the Batu reservoir and a few km further the Sg Tua waterfalls on your left. On the right side of the road are three access points to the Selangor State Park. The Batu river, flowing here, is a popular destination for picnicking, swimming and bathing.
Halfway between the Batu Caves and Ulu Yam, you pass a watershed and reach the valley of the Liam river. Only known to locals, without any signboard, this river has two attractive waterfalls, just beside the road, where there is place to park a few cars. There are a few sheds, water treatment machinery, that's all.
This easy access is probably the reason for the appalling condition of these falls. The rubbish,the scattered leftovers of barbecue and lunch, it is beyond description. The pictures speak for themselves.
The falls themselves are beautiful, the river both upstream and downstream is unspoiled, the water is clear and fresh.
Joe is active with her Waterfall Survivors in SOW (Save Our Waterfalls) campaigns, and of course she is thinking what can be done about these Liam Falls.
A cleaning operation is needed but will not be enough. The Selangor State should take care about these falls, as they have done for the Batu river.
We still had a pleasant day, saw mating snakes, had a nice bath and finally a delicious lunch at the WK restaurant in Ulu Yam, where I unexpectedly met a good friend.
Life is good in Malaysia, but it would be even better if people would become more aware of the vulnerable nature around them!
Contributed by: Jan Stuivenberg