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No illegal logging at Bukit Larut

Bukit Larut is the country's oldest Hill Station

12 Jul, 2009

TAIPING: There is no illegal logging at Bukit Larut as claimed by the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca), said state Environment Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.

It was impossible to illegally log at Bukit Larut as the hill only had a steep, narrow and winding road, he said after visiting the hill on Friday.

Bukit Larut is the country's oldest hill station.

The erosion on the hill near the Tourism Ministry's RM4 million Tea Garden project was due to natural causes and was unavoidable, he said.

Mah said the developer would repair the slope after completing work on a septic tank.

The state government, which will finish building a 67-bed hostel there next month, had spent RM900,000 to strengthen the slope near the project, he said.

Fomca had claimed that it found evidence of illegal logging, construction of a bungalow and a hostel on the hill slope, landslips, silting of rivers and dumping of rubbish, in a study of Bukit Larut in February and March.

Mah visited the site with senior state government officials to check on those claims.

Asked about a proposed cable car project for the hill station, Mah said the state government was reconsidering the viability of the project and its impact on the environment.

"The facilities on the hill can only accommodate 60 visitors at any one time and even with the hostel, only a small number can be accommodated."

Former executive councillor Nga Kor Ming had announced that the Pakatan Rakyat state government had agreed in principle to build a RM60 million cable car project at Bukit Larut.


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