Thursday, March 29, 2007I do not know about you but I was greatly disturbed to read about the rape of Mother Nature in the papers today. Lojing, Balik Pulau and Pedu were in the news. No doubt there are many other rapes unreported.
I have no objections to people making money. If you can make money legally and ethically, go for it. You deserve every sen that you make. Making money and putting Mother Nature in peril is another thing. We cannot have you grow richer and the environment becomes poorer. That is not fair. You must remember that, rich or poor, you live on the same planet. You breathe the same air and drink the same water even though sometimes you drink imported water from the Alpines.
There was this ad on TV that reminded us that we are on an island. This planet is the island. We cannot leave the island. As the island's population grow and grow, the vital resources get depleted quickly. Raping the earth will only hasten the end. The end is nearer than you think. See how many of our rivers are already dead or dying. Mandatory prison term for those caught polluting rivers is being mulled. They should be shot or at least submerged for 10 minutes daily in Sungai Seget, Sungai Juru, Sungai Pinang or any other polluted river of their choice.
While some of the rapists might own the land that they desecrate, the damage is done beyond their fences. Everyone gets screwed.