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- Before we go off for a short break after the last few hectic months, here's a short story told by Mr Robert from the Jakun tribe of Tasik Chini, Pahang. "A long time ago, there was a cave-like formation, known as Lubang Ular (Snake Hole). Inside the hole, there lived a giant snake that is feared by the villagers.
It is said that the snake would suck anyone who passes by into its dwelling. Because this river is the only way in and out to the town for the villagers, they would carry their boats onto the land, just before reaching this part of the river, and carry the boat all the way to the jetty. It was a very long walk.
Today, the snake and its home are not here anymore. We don't know where it went. Perhaps to the centre of Tasik Chini." But perhaps, we thought, the snake has gone to somewhere far away, in search of a new home, for the lake is slowly dying, from mining, deforestation, and the damn dam.
A long time ago, the river water was crystal clear and one could see fishes swimming. Today, it is a murky brown and you could see nothing beneath the surface. A "reflection" of the uncertain future of Tasik Chini, Malaysia's second-largest natural freshwater lake.
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