Open Burning on Pantai Hill Orchard Resort

Serenity Sanctuary open burning during a bad haze

Serenity Sanctuary open burning during a bad haze

Open burning is an offense under the Malaysian Environmental Quality (Amendment)Act 2001

We the residents of Pantai Hill Orchard strongly discourage such actions especially during the haze periods.

Serenity Sanctuary recently angered neighbours in the midst of very bad haze conditions – when they chose to open burn what looks like… leftover construction material and garden rubbish.

When we burn most waste items, toxic and dangerous by-products are created. These are not subsequently destroyed by the fire and are emitted into the air we breathe. These pollutants can have profound long term health implications.

For example burning wood that is painted or treated with a preservative can be the cause of emitting very toxic fumes. The same is true when paper, which is plastic coated or contains certain inks, or glue used to bind pages together in book form, is burned.

Today, bleached paper, plastic packaging or plastic products, and printed materials with glues, plastic coatings and coloured inks make up a large portion of society’s waste. When these items are burned in low temperature fires like those that take place in a backyard burn, very high levels of toxic chemicals and fine particulate matter are released with the smoke. Many of these toxins don’t readily break down, leading to accumulation and persistence in the environment. – eartheasy.com

Pantai Hill Orchard Wars – the fight over water and noise

Pantai Hill residents want peace

We want peace but it looks impossible to achieve

The last few weeks on Pantai Hill has been stressful. We have seen an escalation of conflict between residents and resort operators. The issues once again revolved around water and noise. The stubborn hazy-dry weather, over consumption of water, aggressive vandalism and selfish behaviour of some resorts and individuals have sparked another heated exchange – ending with very little to show – as the call of peace was quietly rejected.

A resident and resort proposed a newly re-worked Community Agreement but this was also dead in the water.

Dear visitors and guests to Pantai Hill Orchard. Let me be clear. There is tension in these hills. Please be aware of angry residents who may not welcome you because – certain resorts you may be staying at are behaving SELFISHLY and are irresponsible as a member of the Pantai Hill Orchard Resort community.

There is an an ongoing legal battle, noise issues are inadequately addressed and issues with the quality of the water (right now) is problematic, because the levels are so low that most of the water coming through the pipes are a-washed in mud and slush from our main tank.

Some recently unacceptable actions by the Pantai Hill Orchard Resort Community:
1. Water shortage has pushed Awanmulan to collect water above the Pantai community line – compromising our water collection.
2. Awanmulan defended their actions by pointing fingers at another resort and arrogantly left us in the dark regarding their water collection
3. Breakdown in community communication has resulted in, inefficient and haphazard water collection methods, undermining the stability of our water collection and basic living for residents.
4. Vandalism of The Dusun’s water pipe – slashed/punctured and stuffed with plastics.
5. Noise complaints by residents not respected by resort operators – push residents to react directly at their guests. Serenity Sanctuary and The Shorea have been very poor in their response to residents affected by their oversight.
6. Quality of water and its origins are not clearly made known to visitors. The risk factor has increased due to persistently low water levels.(compounded by our community conflict)

Dear visitors, as you can see – these are unresolved issues leading to high tensions on Pantai Hill. As paying guests, you should be aware of what you are signing up to, paying for and the kind of environment you are coming into at Pantai Hill Orchard Resort.

There were also calls and offers to host a ‘Peace Talk’ by some residents but it seems – that to is fading into oblivion. Just like most things – majority will not do anything until something DRASTIC happens. Peace is not always the obvious choice when profit and ego is around 😦

 

Respect ALL Neighbours – Pantai Hill Resort braces for tough times

Serenity Sanctuary

Serenity Sanctuary… a breathtaking hideout – for spiritual retreat and quiet quality time while respecting the  privacy and peace of residents – Is it true? or mere Advertising talk?

Pantai Hill births another newly branded resort and wonders if they would be kind to her.

Serenity Sanctuary made its debut earlier this year, rising from the shadows of Shorea’s spill over guests. Their new website vision speaks highly of – space – quiet – privacy – comfort – mother nature. They also have guidelines for guests – emphasizing peaceful quality time for families and respecting the peace of other residents.

This is good news. BUT only if these advertising words were truly practiced.

Recent feedback from Serenity Sanctuary’s immediate neighbours paints a different picture.

This article is not interested to re-count those incidents of ‘bad taste’, but rather would like to comment on the responsibility of all lot owners of Pantai Hill Resort.

As the years unfold, it seems inevitable that more ‘resorts’ would be birthed on Pantai Hill. This kind of ‘wild organic growth’ of resorts is unsustainable for obvious reasons. At the moment the frenzy is for a – first mover advantage – get good returns on my money – beat off complaining residents as long as possible – worry about consequences later. This is the mentality that drives economic activity on Pantai Hill.

Haven’t we all seen this before? Is it not the pronounced ‘Service-to-Self’ attitude that ultimately destroys the very place that feeds it? Janda Baik is an example of such a place – development without an emphatic connection to its carrying capacity and neighbours – has made it loose its luster.

Pantai Hill’s ‘Carrying Capacity’ and the social cohesion between residents and resort operators are two very important issues we must ALL address moving forward. We don’t live alone and we cannot benefit ourselves at the expense of others, for whenever such an imbalance happens, the laws of the universe will always want to reset it. (in whatever shape and form)

We may make golden hay today, but if we do not come together and co-operate for a better future, soon there may not be much golden hay left to make.