Oi Fools!!! What’s happening to your brains? Addled by repeated trips to the border? How come you get a virgin forest logged bare when it is part of the National Park? Isn’t that just plain ILLEGAL?
The Star’s report on March 26
Massive land-clearing activities at Lojing Highlands in Gua Musang, Kelantan, involving 25,000ha, is a disaster in the making,warned Natural Resources and Environment Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Sazmi Miah.
“The activities are clearly a blatant disregard for the laws on highland development,” he said.
He added that the ministry would immediately freeze all approvals for environmental impact assessment (EIA) applications at Lojing.
“We will not approve any EIA until we are able to rectify the current environmental damage at Lojing,” he told reporters after carrying out an air surveillance to check on land-clearing activities at Cameron Highlands and Lojing Highlands.
Sazmi said one badly destroyed area at Lojing Highlands was the clearing of 300ha of flat land situated about 1,400m above sea level for a paku-pakis (fern) planting project.
“We don’t know how the state government can do this as we only allow agriculture development to take place at areas below the 1,000m mark,” he added.
So the ball was at the Kelantan government’s court. What is this? The way I see it, 25,000 acres of virgin forest is being raped by 22 companies (with only 5 of them backed by EIA supported approvals). A matter of economic gain?
The way I see it, the state govt, if it does not do anything about this issue fast, Kelantan will be barren land, and even BN will not be interested in the state anymore. Nothing to rip from the earth….Petroleoum will go dry in a couple of decades. What happens to the Kelantanese people then?
Umno’s Annuar Musa said this
State Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Annuar Musa told a press conference that Umno would press the state government to freeze all logging activities pending an investigation by an independent committee.
He stressed that there was nothing political about the issue as environment preservation was a concern for all political parties.
That statement triggered an involuntary snigger. Pigi dah ! The actions of state governments in other parts of Malaysia is not forgiveable either. Take Selangor and what happened to Bukit Lagung Forest Reserve. Parliament actually de-gazetted some 200-hectares (so I was told) of this forest reserve behind FRIM. Development is also taking place there.
So don’t pretend to be suddenly conscious abt the Environment.