via New Straits Times, 05 January 2020: Gunung Pulai, a limestone mountain in Kedah is at risk to being lost to mining – and with it, a trove of prehistoric and fossil information. Excavations in caves on the mountain have revealed Neolithic stone tools and rock art.
EXPERTS who have done studies on Gunung Pulai warn that mining the mountain’s resources will destroy millions of years of artefacts and fossils that could rewrite large parts of the country’s pre-historic and early history.
At least two of them, a geomorphologist and an archaeologist who did the initial work on the artefacts, landscape and fossils they discovered in Gunung Pulai, said human settlements in the country, as well as the unique fauna in Peninsular Malaysia, may have existed much earlier than we had had initially thought.
They believe that the mountain could be developed sustainably to mirror the concept of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s geoparks.