Malaysia's Dy Minister of Natural Resources & Environment sends postcard to rangers
"Keep up the good and challenging jobs. All the best," he wrote on the postcard, following the launch of the documentary "Wira Rimba: The Story of Park Rangers in Malaysia" on World Ranger Day, 31 July.
Wira Rimba or "Forest Warriors" aims to give viewers a rare insight into the lives of Malaysia's forest and park rangers, showcasing the courageous work they do and the challenges they face in the line of duty. It features interviews with local rangers from five parks, including the Royal Belum State Park, an important tiger habitat which although is more than 100,000 hectares in size has only 7 rangers.
Produced by WWF Malaysia with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the 45-minute film honours the services of the rangers. It was inspired by the documentary called "The Thin Green Line" produced by Australian park ranger Sean Willmore in 2007 who travelled through 23 countries in one year to make the film.
After launching the film, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup told reporters that more rangers will be recruited to protect Malaysia's vast parks and forests. He said currently the rangers were spread thinly as there were only one ranger per 1,000ha of parks or forests nationwide.