We have been highlighting the extremely damaging effects of ‘Roundup’ the very popular weed killer from Monsanto. You can read them here and also from this posting: ‘Roundup, the ultimate killing Machine’.
We cannot say enough. The dangers to all on Pantai Hill, especially to small children and unborn babies. Please take some time to understand and voice out these concerns to your favourite resorts here on Pantai Hill.
Builders and contractors operating on Pantai Hill use pesticides to help clear land and for quick maintenance. If you see such opeartions in play, please help educate and stop them.
A recent article in The Star, highlights a study published by the University of California Berkeley – linked organophosphate pesticide metabolites in the urine of children to decreased lung function. The magnitude of this decrease is similar to a child’s second hand smoke exposure from his/her mother. These new findings are about children who live in an agriculture area where organophosphates are used. These chemicals target the nervous system and then to the lung of healthy children.
Visit from NS Ministry of Health and Special water unit BKSA
Visit by Ministry of Health (NS) and BKSA (a licensing unit monitoring water usage from rivers)
Just when we thought the Malaysian rule of law was indeed a farce, these two governmental bodies turned up and caught us by surprise.
They requested to be shown our water source and pursued an investigation into water quality and water usage by all resorts and residents on Pantai Hill Orchard.
I guess the free and wild days of our spring water usage may be on its last legs, especially for resort operators. Other licensing issues and acts contravening land laws and penalties were highlighted. They have asked us to await their directive for the next steps forward.
We love this hill called Pantai Hill Orchard and we certainly hope that a little pain now will avert a catastrophic destruction later on.
Ever since more residents and resorts arrived at Pantai Hill, water has become a scarce resource during the dry months. This year, weather has been rather wet and yet this ‘water shortage’ problem has reared its ugly head. We were quite surprised and have concluded the obvious, that more water is being used on the hill and the incoming source cannot cope with demand during these periods. This has become Pantai Hill’s annual water wars talked about in the previous article.
Adding more drama into the mix, Pantai Hill pioneer resort The Dusun – has tested the water from two sources – one from the jungle source and another from the water tank (Pantai Hill reservoir) and both have coliform bacteria levels that are unsafe to drink – according to the labs. Below is how The Dusun describes it:
For some time, David and I felt our water tasted “different”; not as good as before. So we had it tested – as it came out of the tap in Cee’s house on Lot 59. Water to Lot 59 comes from the Pantai Hill’s reservoir. The report from the BACFREE lab in Subang came back with a Coliform Count (Bacteria) of 20. The required coliform count for drinking water is zero; none whatever is allowed.
We have always filtered our drinking water – we have an RO system, which filters water from the pipe into water jars for drinking. This water comes from the Dusun water inlet in the jungle stream, not from the reservoir. So we sent water samples from before going into the filter and after it came out to Pathlab in Seremban. The results of both samples were the same. “Heavy growth of gram negative bacilli.” So both sources of water – from the reservoir and from the jungle stream – are contaminated.
20 parts per 100 milliliters is quite low. The standard for showers and swimming pools is less than 200. But for drinking water it should be zero.
Gram negative bacilli, coliform bacteria and e-coli bacteria mean much the same thing. The coliform count indicates the amount of fecal matter in the water. This can come from animal or human shit and even from plants and soil. The layer of mud in the reservoir could be one cause. Or animals and birds defecating in the stream which feeds it.
Scientists measure e-coli as an “indicator” for other more serious pathogens, also found in faeces, which are harder to test. According to the Business Dictionary (Google), “coliform bacteria are a group of gram negative bacteria (of which the most common is e-coli) found in the intestinal tract (and therefore in faeces) of humans and other animals. These rod-shaped microorganisms aid in digestion and are largely harmless. However, if ingested through contaminated food or water, they may cause bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, hepatitis A, typhoid fever or other complications.
The usual filter systems do not remove bacteria. The only solution is ultra violet or ozone treatment of the water. These devices, which kill all bacteria, can be bought in Seremban.
Since receiving this report The Dusun has stopped using Pantai Hill’s water for drinking. We buy 5 gallon bottles from an RO supplier in Seremban and each house has a water dispenser with a bottle on it. So this is SAINS water (treated) put through the reverse osmosis filters. It is hard work – we have to make several trips a week to change the bottles. Long term, we are hoping to get our water supply from SAINS.
We have highlighted this very concerning issue before and is detailed in our Environment section. Roundup’s active ingredient – Glyphosate has been implicated in many research findings, to be extremely toxic for humans. In short, it is especially dangerous to fetuses and young children causing birth-defects, cancer and the blocking of minerals and vitamins from plants.
We residents of Pantai Hill would like to issue out this warning – to concerned residents and resort operators – PLEASE STOP using Roundup as a quick and easy solution to weed killing. What we spray at the top of Pantai Hill eventually runs down to all fruit trees and vegetation below (that we consume) and into the river and water systems down stream.
Children who play in Pantai Hill grounds who are most vulnerable are exposed unknowingly.
PLEASE all residents who read this PLEASE refrain and STOP! this irresponsible and ignorant behaviour –
PLEASE start educating your workers and contractors against using Roundup on the hill.
Below are some research links that implicate and reveal the hidden monster Roundup is:
WHO Glyphosate Report Ends Thirty Year Cancer Cover Up
Following on from last week’s Word Health Organization (WHO) report on glyphosate, which confirmed the world’s most used herbicide probably causes cancer, Sustainable Pulse has discovered documents from 1991 that show how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) themselves were fully aware of glyphosate’s carcinogenic potential. <<read more>>
Monsanto’s Darkest Secret: Roundup’s Effect On The Fetus
In 2010, after a dramatic increase in reports of birth defects in Argentina (a four fold increase) since 2002, a lab study was performed that found low doses of the active ingredient in Roundup known as glyphosate, the most prevalent herbicide worldwide, causes birth defects in frog and chicken embryos. This study was followed by others demonstrating cardiac anomalies, embryonic death, and multifocal malformations suspected to be related to oxidized vitamin A toxicity caused by glyphosate.<<read more>>
Researcher Reveals Monsanto Has Known Since 1981 That Glyphosate Promotes Cancer
Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic, and research shows Roundup damages your gut flora. In addition to chelating vitamins and minerals, glyphosate disrupts bacteria-manufacturing amino acids.<<read more>>
Watch the interview with DR.Samsel
Monsanto Knew of Glyphosate Cancer Link 35 Years Ago
According to evidence unearthed from the archives of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the United States, it has been established that Monsanto was fully aware of the potential of glyphosate to cause cancer in mammals as long ago as 1981.<<read more>>
Dengue – Aedes Mosquito
In Malaysia, most people are aware of the Aedes mosquito spreading dengue. It is worth a mention because this (mainly) urban disease has reared its ugly head here – on Pantai Hill Orchard, Seremban
In 2014 and 2015 two families living on different parts of Pantai Hill contracted dengue. Although there were no deaths, we are very concerned with its presence here and would like to alert visitors to Pantai Hill of this problem.
We associate the presence of dengue to the proliferation of trash and indiscriminate dumping of building materials from visitors, workers and increased construction activities on Pantai Hill. This behaviour by Pantai Hill contractors and workers needs to be urgently addressed, before more dengue cases happen on the hill.
The Star newspaper recently published an article on dengue by Dr. Milton Lum – here are its salient points:
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), dengue is the fastest spreading mosquito-bourne viral disease in the world. Its spread has been alarming with an increase from nine affected countries in 1970 to more than 100 countries today.
A study by Brady et al in 2012 estimated that 3.9 billion people in 128 countries are at risk of infection. The surge in dengue has been most marked in Asia which accounts for 75% of the world’s population, with an estimated 1.8 billion people at risk of dengue.
Rapid urbanisation has resulted in millions of people moving to the cities,with insuficient housing and basic infrastructure such as water supply, sewer and waste management, providing ideal conditionsfor the breeding of mosquitoes and dengue transmission.
The description below is highly correlated to what is happening on Pantai Hill.
Negative habits like littering, illegal dumping of garbage, apathy, poor environmental cleanliness and lack of adherence to guidelines in construction sites have to be addressed.
info-graphic on dengue