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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

“血燕”產品全面下架! Contaminated Red Bird's Nest Pulled From Shelves!





Contaminated Red Bird's Nest Pulled From Shelves!

Damn those who directly involve in this inconsiderate and unlawful act!

Why always because of some industry black hats, all of us are screwed?

I wish them nothing but all the fxxking best..


隨著“問題血燕”在中國曝光,馬來西亞農業及農基工業部長拿督斯里諾奧馬表示,政府正著手對燕窩生產加工出口各環節加強監管。

“問題血燕”風波之後,在中國內地市場,“血燕”產品已全面下架,就連“白燕”也受到波及。


香港市場難找到大馬燕窩


在香港,新華社記者於十一黃金週期間走訪多家燕窩產品制售企業,發現儘管商家競相打折促銷,燕窩專柜仍少人問津。由於被曝光的“問題血燕”絕大多數來自大馬,香港市場已很難找到大馬燕窩。散裝的燕窩,產地幾乎全部標注為“印尼”。


諾奧馬日前在吉隆坡接受新華社記者專訪時說:“其實‘紅燕’跟‘血’沒有關係,而是燕窩形成過程中,與山洞中的礦物質發生了化學反應;市場上那些顏色均勻豔麗的紅色燕窩,很可能就是假冒的有問題燕窩。”


他指出,在大馬,大部份的燕窩是屋燕。洞燕要在山洞裡天然生產,產量稀少,只佔全部燕窩的十分之一左右。在價格上,平均每千克屋燕3千到4千令吉馬幣,而洞燕大約每千克1萬1千令吉,價格是屋燕的3倍左右。


“一些燕窩商把白燕製成所謂的‘血燕’,其實是為了迎合消費者對‘血燕’的崇拜,抬高燕窩價格,從中牟利。”


含亞硝酸鹽未必造假


針對燕窩中的亞硝酸鹽含量問題,大馬剛剛頒佈一個屋燕安全標準:沒有加工、清洗過的燕窩,要確保亞硝酸鹽含量在70毫克/千克以下;加工後可以直接食用的燕窩,則要求在30毫克/千克以下。


諾奧馬說:“我認為不能說含有亞硝酸鹽就是造假,如果一個燕窩沒有弄乾淨,比如鳥糞多,亞硝酸鹽含量也會高。不過,含量如果高得太明顯了,那就很有可能是假冒的。”


他說,為了確保燕窩品質,大馬規定燕窩生產加工銷售廠商必須註冊,並將註冊信息提供給中國政府。在出口方面,將由獸醫局負責頒發健康證書;農業部一步步地將燕窩產業規範化,就是為了增加消費者的信心。


中國衛生部食品安全綜合協調與衛生監督局標準處處長張旭東則表示,針對人們的關切,衛生部正在組織收集數據、開展研究。對燕窩中人為濫用亞硝酸鹽的行為,有關部門將加強監管,嚴厲打擊。


Source: (星洲日報)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I am one of them?




Are you a registered operator?

Not yet?



1,271 swiftlet traders in Johor


There are 1,271 registered swiftlet operators in Johor with the bulk of them in the state capital.

State Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the registered operators had exported about RM27.09mil worth of bird's nest products last year alone.

“This includes RM14.22mil of processed edible bird's nest (EBN) and RM12.87mil of unprocessed EBN.

“We are also ensuring that newly registered operators are equipped with Radio Frequency Identification Technology tracking devices to certify the quality of their products,” he said during the state assembly meeting here yesterday.

Abdul Aziz said swiftlet operators were also advised to adhere to breeding regulations, monitor diseases and the quality of bird's nest produced and attend courses on animal husbandry practices to improve production standards.

By DESIREE TRESA GASPER
desiree@thestar.com.my

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

马来西亚养燕业历史(中)




续“马来西亚养燕业历史(上)” 2009年3月30号上载的文章。

Continued from "History of Swiftlet Farming Industry In Malaysia" article dated 30th March 2009。



在2003年,1997年经济大风暴前的房价大泻一半以上。举例:四层店屋从600千跌到350千,三层店屋则从300千跌到只有140千,房租方面之前平均两千元跌到区区900元而已。更糟的是有些根本就没人要租!少了房租,欠债纍纍之下,房主所面对的压力是可想而知的。如果是在西方国家,政府早就援手帮忙了。偏偏就是发生在大马,求助挽如痴人说梦,大家唯有自力更生靠自己。

自从租金管制法令被废除后(1.1.2000开始),成千上万的战前老屋被空置及因租金问题而归还房主。这情况更造成疲惫的房市雪上加霜,更加恶劣。在槟城就有三千多间战前老屋沦为吸毒者追龙的天堂。

至2008年,威省以及槟岛,已有3000和300间燕屋之多。两地加起来的燕窝产量总值大概有马币16.5亿。


假如每件燕屋每个月平均可以出产两公斤的燕窝,3,300 燕屋 X 2kg =6,600 kg X RM 4,000 =RM 26,400,000/月 X 12 月 =RM 316,800,000 的外汇(2008年)。更和况燕窝增长率每年有20%到80%之多。





本文翻译及摘自David Lim's Report On The Malaysia Swiftlet Nest Industry Issues

Thursday, January 13, 2011

How are you? Ah Seng


**


Ah Seng. How are you? Lg Ngapain?

I think it's more than 2 years already, never get back to my another "kampung", Pantai Cermin, 45 minutes traveling distance from Medan.

How is your life? I hope all is well.

For so long never contact you. Maybe I am too busy, you too.

I still remember how we spent time together at Gang Itik, with other buddies : Pak Sam, San Kau, Ah Nam, Ko ah Long, Ko Leong, Ko Ardis...

Haha, I learned quite a lot of Dutch words from Indonesian Language : beton for concrete, gang for lane, gratis for free, kantoor for office, tang for pliers, etc, etc...

Those days, we've got less worry, most important thing is that, we were free and happy.

Sweet memories...Pantai Cermin indeed a quiet, peaceful, air-refreshing & livable place on earth for a person like me who enjoy living in small village.

Also horrible memories, 2004, Tsunami, remember how we escaped for life to Medan during the second big wave...no electricity, hand phone line down, how terrible...don't want to say more about it...

But, Ah Seng, to be honest, my one year plus' stay here is never been regretted & in fact is always worth all the while.

Those days are gone... life is different here now..

Oh I still keep your hand phone no, the number is so long, 12 digits man...

I miss Pante Cermin and all the friends staying there. They are so friendly, kind & helpful.

Wish I can get back there again, and I don't know I still have that chance or not.

Maybe Pak Ardis will let you know when...

So how is your BH? Must be full house 'liao'.

BTW, thanks for the tips given to me during my last stay there.

Pity you, once we left (Sam Man & me), you have less 2 friends who can communicate with you in Chinese.

When you are in Malaysia, just give me a call, ok?

Until the day we meet again, I wish you & your family good health and fortune. You are truly my best Indonesian friend!


** - Pantai Cermin Theme Park.



Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bird's Nest: From Source to Pot

谁知杯中窝,盏盏皆辛苦啊!


From source to the pot, birds’ nests take a lot of painstaking and careful effort to produce.


Swiftlet nests which are harvested from caves are naturally nourished with iron and minerals. For those who have a gastronomic liking for birds’ nest, this piece of information may be of interest.


The reddish and yellowish tinge found in birds’ nests is actually a mark of authenticity, according to Dr Charles Leh, zoologist and curator of Natural History at the Sarawak Museum.


“When the nests come in contact with the cave walls they absorb the minerals and this is what makes them red. The cave walls and stones which are enriched with mineral elements such as iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium give the nests their colour,” Dr Leh says.


Last year, there was some uproar about the quality of birds’ nest, during which some processing factories in the country were taken to task for allegedly using dangerous carcinogenic chemicals to give the nests their reddish colour.


Confusion also arose as to which sort of birds’ nest was the real McCoy – the white or red/yellow ones.


“House nests have no mineral elements, therefore they should be white or have a light yellow hue, but never red unless the house was built with rock,” explains Dr Leh.


“This should be an indication of the authenticity of birds’ nests. If a consumer comes across a red house nest, they should know that it is fake.”


Birds’ nests refer to the saliva of a group of small birds known as edible-nests swiftlets. These thumb-sized birds weigh less than 5g. During the breeding season, which takes 45 days, each pair can produce a full nest of saliva, weighing as much as their own body weight.


The saliva is produced from a pair of glands located beneath the bird’s tongue. Both the male and female have a pair of these sublingual glands and contribute towards nest building.


The tri-colour Hua Yan birds’ nest (which contains red, yellow and white nest strands), trademarked by healthcare company and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) specialist Eu Yan Sang (1959) Sdn Bhd, is considered to be among the top-of-the-line birds’ nest product in the market.


Hua Yan birds’ nest is promoted as having a host of health benefits “such as 16 amino acids, five carbohydrates including EGF, MSF and sialic acid, and minerals”.


The raw cave nests with their reddish base.

Strict quality control goes into ensuring that the natural nutrients of each Hua Yan birds’ nest is retained before it is put on the shelf.


“The key is finding a supplier who processes birds’ nest the correct way without any chemical bleaching and in the end provides consumers the highest grade of birds’ nest. The craft of processing the nests is actually a key issue as it determines how much of the natural nutrients of the nests are retained after processing,” says Eu Yan Sang general manager Wong Kah Cane.


Kuching, Sarawak, is said to be the major processing centre for birds’ nests. For Eu Yan Sang, the main supplier is Double Swallow Enterprise, a processing factory located in Tapah, a small town about 40 minutes’ drive from Kuching.


Double Swallow Enterprise is owned by the Eng family, namely patriarch Eng Cheng Teng, 68, and his son, Richard. The 1,673sq m processing factory is where skilled workers from the nearby village work for hours to clean the raw birds’ nests, which are harvested from the caves in April, August and December.


“The nests are collected from the Niah and Gomantong caves by the locals. During the harvesting season, we will go there to inspect the quality of the raw nests. We bring back an average of half a tonne per trip. Birds’ nests are worth their weight in gold and there have been some instances in which people were robbed after they collected the nests from the caves,” reveals Richard.


In Kuching, the nests are left to age for about a year to, according to Richard, “strengthen their molecules”.


“During the first collection, each nest should have a reddish base colour with black feathers sticking to it. The amount of feathers also depends on the seasons. The fewer the feathers, the thicker the nest, which is why it is important to collect nests during the right season. The rainy season is best because the birds retain most of their feathers, thus leaving less on the nests. Because of the presence of minerals from the cave walls, the nests will change colour after five or six months,” he says.


The Eng family business has been around for 50 years and was started by Richard’s grandmother, Chew Siew Lan.


“She started the business in Kuching. At that time, the raw nests cost RM200 per kg. Now it is RM2,000 per kg. Currently I help my parents run the business with the help of my nieces and nephews. I also learn a lot about the birds’ nest business from Dr Leh as we often visit the caves together,” says Richard.


The labour that goes into cleaning each nest to make sure it is pure and fit for consumers is intensive. “Of course, it is cheaper and faster to clean them using chemical bleaches but then all the nutrients and proteins would be lost or destroyed. We make sure that our supplier does not use any bleach whatsoever. There is no machinery used and everything is done by hand,” says Wong.


Each strand is assembled in a mould.

Processing raw nests


The nests are first soaked in hot water for 15 minutes to make them softer and to allow them to expand. The trick is not to soak them for too long.


There are 70 to 90 strands per nest. “The value drops if they fall apart so it is important to have good hand skills when working with them,” says Richard.


Next is the tedious process of removing the feathers from the nests. The workers painstakingly do this with sharp tweezers.


“They don’t use gloves to avoid cross-contamination. This is in line with the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. Depending on the worker’s skills, each of them ideally needs to clean 1kg of nests per day.”


The nests are hung to dry for two to three hours (depending on the quantity) in a cloth sack to remove excess moisture. They are then kept in a cold room to prevent bacterial contamination. “We don’t re-soak and the temperature has to be perfect so that the nest won’t freeze and spoil,” says Richard.


After this, there is one more round of cleaning to remove any remaining dirt and feathers. “There are no machines involved here. We make sure the staff has good eyesight to pick up the tiniest particles. This is how we take extra precautions to ensure the end product is clean. All the work is done on stainless steel tables so there is no contamination.”


The next round of processing is done in an air-conditioned part of the factory. Before they enter this area, workers stand in a narrow corridor for 30 seconds in front of a blower (to rid themselves of dust) before they each don shoes, gloves, a vest and a hairnet. Such procedure conforms to the GMP standards.


Their work is to arrange the clean, luminous strands of nests into moulds. Thicker strands are placed on the bottom, followed by thin ones on the sides. The worker has to ensure that the strands do not break and to throw away the bad ones.


“Many of our customers complain when they see broken strands in the package. The average weight of each piece is controlled by the size of the mould,” says Wong.


Tedious process: Removing the feathers from a nest is a painstaking process.

Next, the mould is removed and the nests are placed on a steel tray with a wire mesh for another process of drying. This is done in a temperature-controlled drying room where the air movement is also controlled. After a few hours, the nests are packed in plastic boxes and shipped to Eu Yan Sang where they are re-packed with the company’s packaging.


“At Eu Yan Sang, we sell the birds’ nests according to pieces instead of weight because after some time, they become lighter. At that point they can easily break and must be handled with care. This is why we trust and maintain a good relationship with the Eng family as our supplier because we know how they operate,” Wong says.


Eu Yan Sang was founded in 1879 by Eu Kong, a migrant Chinese from Foshan, Guandong. It started in Gopeng, when Eu Kong noticed that the local tin miners widely used opium as a means to ease their daily pains and ill-health.


He began to dispense Chinese herbal remedies as substitute to opium. This set the stage for the Eu Yan Sang story.


“Yan” in Chinese means benevolent, kind or humane. “Sang” is birth, life or livelihood. Together, it means “Caring for Mankind”.


Tips on cooking bird's nest


Birds nest is best boiled and consumed with simple rock sugar.


> Dip the nest in water for at least 10 minutes to remove any dust on the surface. For the Hua Yan nest, it is best to soak it for at least two hours. The red-coloured nest should be soaked overnight. When ready, the nest should be fully expanded and soft to the touch. If it’s possible, use filtered or cool boiled water for soaking the nest.


> Do not throw out the water used to soak the nests. Pour it into a double-boiler pot with the nest and cook for two-and-a-half to three hours. Then add rock sugar according to your personal taste. (For home nests, boiling should not exceed 40 minutes, otherwise the nest will completely dissolve.)


The use of a double-boil pot is to avoid direct heating and a piece of cloth should always be placed beneath the top pot. Using boiled water and steam to “cook” the bird’s nest ensures that heat is regulated (less than 100°C) to preserve the nutritional goodness of the nests.


> Turn off the heat. Do not open the lid yet. Let the contents cool for 30 minutes. The liquid should be smooth and clear.


Source : The Star 9th Jan 2011. "Building bird's nests" by Aida Ahmad




Saturday, January 8, 2011

Well Done, Sarawak! Syabas!



Bird’s nest production rises 36%

SARAWAK’s production of swiftlet nests rose by 36% from 2,095kg in 2008 to 2,854kg last year, with an export value of RM8.37mil and RM11.41mil respectively.

Planning and Resource Management Assistant Minister Naroden Majais said the increase showed that the industry had the potential to be successfully developed in the state.


He added that, as of October this year, the production was 1,757kg valued at RM7mil.


“Swiftlet farming is a potentially lucrative industry. The market price for swiftlet nests ranges from RM3,000 to RM10,000 per kg depending on the quality and grade of the nests.


“China is our biggest market for edible swiftlet nests, followed by Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia,” he told the State Assembly in Kuching in reply to Julaihi Narawi (BN - Sebuyau), Datuk Wan Abdul Wahab Wan Sanusi (BN - Sadong Jaya) and Abu Seman Jahwie (BN - Jemoreng).


Naroden said that two licences were needed for commercial swiftlet farming, one to construct the building for the swiftlets to nest in and one for the rearing of the birds.


He said the state received 1,111 applications for swiftlet farming from 2008 to Oct this year. Of this, 248 licences to construct buildings and two to rear swiftlets were approved while the rest were still being evaluated.


He added that the construction of swiftlet farms was continuously monitored to prevent illegal farming operations.


“The Forest Department and Sarawak Forestry Corporation conducted two inspections between 2009 and March this year, from which 418 swiftlet farming premises are being investigated.


“The state has also issued warnings to owners of illegal swiftlet farms. They are advised to submit the necessary applications,” he said.


Source : The Star Nov 3, 2010 by Sharon Ling


Friday, January 7, 2011

Dog Kennel or Open Roof?



Dog kennel or open roof?

We can choose it all to our liking.

But, we at least should know why we opt for dog kennel not open roof, or vice versa.

Personally, I prefer open roof type of entrance opening, for both standalone & town BH.

The reasons being:

- People won't be so easy to count nos of birds staying inside your BH. So your BH will have more privacy & security. DK type will have no secret, it is more transparent to public where busy body can conveniently guess and estimate the quantity of birds.

- Birds can fly in from any direction, so long as your tweeters are installed correctly. It's better suit beginner who is not familiar with swiftlet flying pattern.

- Some say it gives faster result as it minimise check points for the birds to test before it feels comfortable to enter the inter-hole.

- It is the only entrance accepted by the local authority for town BHs.

- Lesser public complaints & nuisance problem.

However, open roof also has some drawbacks and this is why some quarters choose dog kennel instead.

- Easily broken into by thieves from the opening.

- Take up quite big space as roving area.

- a bit difficult to control brightness.




Sunday, January 2, 2011

Worry, Worry, Worry.



Too many worries..

In swiftlet farming, we have so many things to worry about.

From Day One we embark on this trade, we are destined to encounter various types of problems : technical problems, human problems, communication problems, environmental problems, etc, etc, etc.

There are so many things to take care of, either newbie or expert, there is no way we could get the problems off our minds for a while...

人在江湖,身不由己啊。。

and we always have to stay alert, in top form, to gain extra strength to cope with the problems one by one from the inception stage until the full house.

Basically, things to worry can be summarised as below:

1) Most newbie's worry. From 2nd-3rd month since BH started "open sound" (开声),which is the so-called golden period of growth (黄金时段), we are anxious to know whether our new BH is able to lure the swiftlet to stay inside by counting on their dropping.

2) Ditto. 1st year since BH operated (normal warranty period = 1 year, within this period the consultant will hold the BH key and the owner has no say at all & cannot interfere with the BH design), a newbie has to deal with the question of whether the consultant they engaged is a true consultant or or a con-man. Anyway, the result will tell the true story. Sad to say that the statistic shows that 80% of the newbies will have failed outcome. It all depends on luck. This is the heavy price newbie has to pay for learning the 'lesson one'.

3) After getting the BH on the right track, we need to ensure it is always kept in good shape to maintain the growth (by counting the bird's quantity or bird's nests quantity). If the growth is slow down, we will start wondering and worrying what the hell is going wrong, again & again, we will repeat asking a lot of questions, endlessly searching for the culprits, and troubleshooting it once discovered (if only we knew it). If not, we will still be going all out to explore all the possibilities to churn out some solutions for improving the result. It is a painstaking trial & error process. We have to go through all this all by our own selves. Trust me, nobody wants such nightmare!

4) Predators. Yes, we are so scared to see them in our BHs, be it a lizard, rat, gecko, owl, snake,...and regular housekeeping is necessary to minimise this problem.

5) Thieves. Old and successful BH owners always worry on this threat. This uninvited guests normally have been watching the BH for quite some time and will attempt to take action during the public holidays. CCTV, alarm systems & height cannot stop them, unless we employ a guard to watch the BH.

6) Authorities. Unregistered ranchers face the risk of impending crackdown by the local authority & various infamous government departments. They can introduce all sort of unfair regulation & policy to shut down the BHs, confiscate the equipment & bird's nests, and stop the BH operation. The future is unclear. The fine and distortion is imminent.

With so many undesired things to digest & chew, tell me, how can we not worry?

Friday, December 31, 2010

Move Out (搬迁) !!??




Move Out (搬迁) !!??

How?

We people can move out from any house to any new house, but not the swiftlets...

Swiftlet ranching is not like any other poultry rearing.

Apart from it requires the ranchers tremendously pour in a lot of endeavour, time and money....

the swiftlet must need a sanctuary called BH, which is fixed & cannot be 'change place' at all.

Once change location, all the birds will be gone forever...and

Similarly, there goes all the effort thrown in, money spent and time spared, down to the drain...



Appended please read the related news form thestar and sinchew.

Thursday December 30, 2010

Swiftlet farms ordered to move out of heritage site


GEORGE TOWN: The state government has ordered unregistered swiftlet farms within the George Town Unesco Heritage site to move out by Saturday or face action.


State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the operators would be fined if they refused to have the birds’ nests removed from the farms.


“If we allow this, more farms may be set up and we will be having heritage buildings that are empty inside except for birds and their nests,” he said here yesterday.


Chow said the state believed there were around 32 new or unregistered swiftlet farms within the core zone.


“We will issue compounds of RM250 against the new and unregistered farms from Jan 1 if they refuse to move out.


“We will also take them to court,” he said.


He added that the move was in accordance with the new swiftlets farming guidelines approved by the National Council for Local Go­­vernment which was chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister.


“The council also decided that swiftlet farming activities are not allowed within Unesco Heritage sites in Malacca and George Town,” he said.


To date, Chow said there were 129 registered swiftlet farm operators on the island with 78 located within the heritage zone.


檳明年严厉执行养燕指南‧燕屋3年內须迁出世遗区


(檳城29日讯)明年1月1日开始,檳州政府將严厉执行世界文化遗產区內不准养燕以及燕屋必须在3年內迁出古蹟区的国家养燕业发展指南(1GP),冥顽不灵的养燕业者將面对法庭诉讼及拆除燕屋设施的下场。


罪成最高罚50万


地方政府执法当局將优先对付那些刚刚在古蹟区进行养燕的新业者,以及未向当局申请註册的燕屋业者,一旦控上法庭且罪名成立,將在城乡规划法令下面对最高50万令吉罚款以及最高两年监禁。


至於檳岛市政局执照组每发出一张传票,则是250令吉。


檳州地方政府事务委员会主席曹观友行政议员今日召开新闻发佈会,透露州政府已成立一支技术委员会来执行地方政府理事会所批准的国家养燕业发展指南,这支委员会將以檳岛市政局建筑组主任尤端祥为首。


在今年9月2日,以副首相丹斯里慕尤丁为首的地方政府理事会批准落实有关指南,指南阐明古蹟区內不准再进行养燕活动,同时文化遗產区內现有的燕屋,必须在3年的宽限期內搬迁至被允许的地方。


尤端祥指出,向檳岛市政局註册的养燕业者或燕屋多达129个,其中78个是在乔治市古蹟內运作,此外,古蹟区內也出现32个非法操作的养燕活动。


12月23日
发正式通知


“执法组会先对付新来者(也是非法养燕的业者),然后便是32个未註册的养燕活动,最后则是78名持有准证的业者。”


他说,当局已在12月23日发出正式通知予上述78名养燕业者,提醒他们在3年內逐步迁出古蹟核心区及缓衝区。


他也提醒,明年1月1日开始,这些业者不准播放引燕声,所有播音系统必须即刻拆除。


“至於那些非法操作的养燕业者,我们会在明年1月1日开始展开执法行动。截至目前,我们已对4名新的业者(未註册)採取行动。”


曹观友:2种形式执法
通过诉讼及拆燕屋设施


曹观友说,当局將以两种形式展开执法行动,第一就是通过檳岛市政局的执法组来发出通知书、传票以及採取法庭诉讼行动,同时也会展开拆除燕屋內部设施等。


至於第二种方式则是由檳州兽医局负责,该局將在適当的季节协助搬迁养燕场所,而兽医局拥有这方面的专才。


他说,燕子一年有三次的繁殖期,搬迁行动必须在雏燕懂得飞行后才能展开,以免造成不必要的伤害。


“兽医局也採用各种方法,使到原有的燕屋不再適合养燕,让燕子回不到燕屋,例如安装网线及封闭墙洞。”


询及当局是否已鑑定適合的地区让养燕业者迁移,曹观友说,兽医局会协助鑑定,而新的地区一般上是在农业地。


在这项指南下,当局无须对必须搬迁的养燕业者作出任何赔偿。


尤端祥:各方须遵守条例


尤端祥坦言,檳州燕窝业公会对於国家养燕业发展指南的落实反应欠佳,也提出爭议,但这是条例,大家都必须遵守。


曹观友则希望这些业者能全面配合及合作,以便搬迁行动顺利,把不必要的问题减至最低。


“我瞭解该公会曾经保证不会破坏燕屋的建筑建构,同时將尽力保持原貌,但是,我希望他们瞭解,世界文化遗產强调的是活古蹟,若最终鸟比人多,这座古蹟城將变成鸟城,而建筑內质也空洞了。”


星洲日报‧2010.12.29



Bye Bye Tiger, Here Come Rabbit!



Today is the last day of the decade.

This year, have gone through the bitterness of losing someone I love as well as tasted the sweetness & the fruition of understanding and love...

Life have not been easy. All of us is inescapable.

How many time of ups and downs, rise and fall we must face, before we get to enjoy the final achievement & success.

Back to the BH farming, be patient we must, be a fisherman we emulate so that at the end of the day we can fish for some thing very big.

At this juncture, I have my own personal wish list ready for my swiftlet farming projects in year 2011

1) Wish I can at least complete two BH projects, at least 1 town BH and 1 standalone.

2) Wish that my existing BH at the soonest reaching full house status.

3) Wish that I can learn and discover more tips in boosting up the result of the BH

So, my dear blog readers, what is your new year resolution?

I believe you sure have worked out some plans by now.

So, wishing you a very happy & sparkling new year and every success in swiftlet farming!

Good riddance the year of tiger,

Let us have a good and brand new start, rabbit!


Likes & Dislikes



What do they commonly like?

- Like corners. They like to build nests at the corners of the nesting area.

- Like tweeters. Their choice of nest normally will be near to the tweeter. Maybe they feel safer by doing so.

- Usually they like darker area.

- They like to play around the new BH due to curiosity (with new sound) but will only build nest after staying for quite a while (provided the micro & design is ok).

- They will be much happier if we could provide fake nest to assist them (young birds) making nest.

- They like spacious roving area and rooms.

- They like well-managed BH.

- They prefer frequent taller BH.

- They like rainy days. (Finding food easier,…)

- How about you add some points here?



What do they commonly dislike?

- They fear of aerosol and knocking noise.

- They do not make nests at brighter area. We must control the light in our nesting rooms.

- They hate predators : owls, gecko, lizard, mouse, snake etc.

- They do not prefer obstruction or narrow flying space in a new BH. Sometimes accident may happen and may cause fatality. Ensure smooth flying is necessary.

- Dislike ambient temperature too warm (>32 °C) or too cold (lower than 28 °C)

- How about you add some points here?


Above is only my humble personal opinion. Do correct me if I am wrong.





Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dragon Hole (笼口)

Attached 2 photos showing another special type of entrance hole : Dragon hole or 笼口.

It looks like a combination of the monkey house, roving area and window type into one product.

Nowadays this type of entrance opening is rarely found in Malaysia.

It was introduced by Indonesia's consultant, IMHO, may be due to safety reason, it is not commonly practised in Malaysia's BHs.

Where is the biggest hazard that cause risk to the BH rancher?

Can you discover it from the pictures?








Saturday, December 18, 2010

Giant Vacuum Cleaner!!!

Hope you enjoy this short video clip.

It's amazing....

Each time I watch it, I am totally speechless...

This BH is like a vacuum cleaner, the "magnetic suction" is unbelievably strong...

Seeing the birds foraging around this BH like crazy makes me crazy too..

Btw I enjoy seeing this video clip, again and again, never feel tired.

Witness for yourself too, hope you will enjoy it too.

*Click full screen to watch for the birds.


video

Friday, December 17, 2010

Been away so long

Been away for so long...

I seldom write anything here since my father passed away few months ago.

After he left, I feel that in this world things happen so fast and the only thing remains unchanged is "change" itself.

However, in my life, I do believe in one little thing...when you plan to do anything, to be able to take the first step is very important in order to make thing change.

So let this article be my first step to gain back the momentum to resume writing here...

With Christmas around the corner, I wish everyone could leave behind the unhappy past, learn from the mistake, let go, move on and start a new & promising journey again!

Happy swiftlet farming!

Best Regards,

Engineer Lee

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Do it till you succeed

hi ,

I have been reading your blog on swiftlet farming and I really appreciate your work and writing about the industry .

I just need to get your advice for people like me just getting started to show some interest in swiftlet industry. After reading about this knowledge, it is no doubt that i wish to own a BH one day to learn about this bird species and also be able to test this delicacy at home. But the main thing is also the money. To build more farm with the profit earn and to be able to pass down to my children.

Looking at the Malaysian Bureaucratic laws and also the current problem such as the perhilitan and wildlife laws, they seems to be the obstacles every time.

What advice would u give to the newcomer in this industry? Will u encourage them to take the risk in this investment? If it is, what will we need to do to be in this business legally.

thank you again. hope i can get some light to begin my new career .




Jeffrey Goh




Dear Jeffrey:

Sorry for the late reply.

My gmail was hijacked by tons of spam mails and I nearly miss out your email.

Recently I am quite busy with my projects, I have a few projects to handle & all of them expected to be completed this year. One of it has to finish before Jun 10.

Swiftlet farming is one of my investments or so called little pressure-free project. But, I spend the least time on it. I feel lucky cuz I don't have to get fully tied up, like what happen in my construction business.

I realise that a lot of ppl concern and feel apprehensive over our regulation on the swiftlet farming. However, this will not stop me from moving forward. Like Chinese saying: "When the boat reaches the bridge, it will be straight". If we want to succeed, we have to get over with the obstacle one by one, tackle it one at a time, with our cool & steady mind.

Talking about doing the business legally 100% is a dream too far for the newbies right now. Just like to quote what Lucas's saying: Waiting for opportunity? Might as well create one. Once you embark on this industry, do have confidence. Do it till you succeed.

You can do it if you want.

Happy swiftlet farming!




Thursday, January 21, 2010

Broken Windows



The theory of broken windows.


Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters.


The best part of the theory is that:-


We should fix the problems when they are small.


We can not afford to let the problems snowball until it requires strenuous effort for rectification later.


That’s why we need a lot of bold “fireman” like you for our embattled industry.


We need to put out the small fire before it becomes uncontrollable wild fire.


We are unable to change the industry, but at least we can save it from terrible disaster before it’s too late.


We may not be able to change our distant past. But we can still have the opportunity to shape our near future.


We need to take prompt action before thing goes wrong.


We need to voice out to the highest node to scare away the evil moves.


We should not wobble. We need to stand firm and move on.


It starts from us. Not the government. Yes, just you and me.


So my friends, where is your direction now?



Monday, December 28, 2009

We can be very "green"!







We can be very green!

Our true colour is green, green, green!

Swiftlet ranching can be very environmental-friendly and mother-earth loving.

In my eyes, I see the beauty and the genuine efforts of our green peace-loving fellow ranchers.

Nothing is perfect under the hot sun, I do not deny that some of us have created a mess to the public, however, honestly I still believe that most of us have done our earth good while relentlessly chasing after our dream...

Hey, the reality and the best thing is... by building BHs we have played our parts in 4R our earth's resources :

1) Reduce

2) Recycle

3) Reuse

4) Rescue & respect


How & what have we reduced?

We reduce material wastage by reviving the abandoned projects and transformed them into successful BHs. We are the saviour of the sick and unwanted projects!


What have we recycled?

We can recycle the swiftlet droppings or guano as agriculture fertiliser.

We also keep the guano for the new BH use.

It is zero waste!

What have we reused?

Of course we reuse the bird's nests!

The used bird's nest (after the young birds fledging) can be used for human consumption.


What have we rescued?

We save and rescue the swiftlets by providing them a comfortable sanctuary and a place called home, by doing this, we reduce the fatality.

More importantly: we respect & protect the wildlife!

(Sometimes I doubt that by shutting down the BHs, the infamous Perhilitan/Forest is protecting or eliminating the swiftlet population? Your guess should be as good as mine)


Having the above said, a normal person should have good faith in what we are doing and

should support what we have done so far.


Thank you!

Happy new year 2010 and good luck to all!













Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Trust me, we save abandoned projects




Swiftlet farming is an art, it transforms something low in value to high-value.

This awesome art has successfully converted thousands of abandoned projects or undesired surplus stocks into high income BHs.

It is a brilliant & million-ringgit-worth idea for the property developer to use this swiftlet farming concept to clear their unwanted & unsought-after units.

Instead of letting the unsold unit turning into haunted and run-down shop unit, it is given a second chance for some swiftlet farming masters to revive it and change it into a gold mine.

By doing this we are contributing to the economy growth, where we make sure every supply created is efficiently matched with the demand, whereby there is no efforts/resources wasted in the production process.

Trust me, we save abandoned projects!

Swiftlet farming is the last resort only when every avenues is exhausted to bring life to our failed projects!

However, I do not like the idea of constructing something like eco-parks, just purposely for swiftlet farming. To construct a 1 million 3 storeys building in 2 years which intended for swiftlet farming is too risky for a newcomer to take on, more so where there are lots of "con-men"out there eyeing to lure the new innocent victims into their trap.

I am not comfortable to accept that we should accept the whole idea of construct a building just for the sake of swiftlet ranching. Why not doing it for other purpose? Why not for business, manufacturing, education, and other more meaningful purpose?

After all, by converting an abandoned shop house, we give life to it, which I believe is far more meaningful than making a good location shop house an abandoned one.

I am not against standalone BH or ready-built eco parks. I just feel that we should do thing in a way where the ends justify the means and not the means justify the ends. I do not understand why...

Can someone enlighten me with some good explanations?

You are most welcome.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Someone wants to buy my BH!

Someone wants to buy my BH, but I do not want to sell.

Not because the price offered is not attractive enough...

Not because I do not want to make money...

Do not think that everything in this world must have a price tag..

You can't buy love and passion....

Money can do everything for me,

but can't take the BH away from me.