September 20, 2011
Be reasonable with demands to gazette forests, says MB
IPOH: Environmental and wildlife groups should be more objective when demanding
that forested areas in the state be gazetted as non-logging areas, said Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry
He said despite the state government having gazetted an area about five times the
size of Singapore in Royal Belum as a state park, such groups were demanding more.
“Are they asking for the whole of Perak to be gazetted? After the Royal Belum,
they now want us to gazette the whole of Temengor Forest Reserve.
“Later, they may also request forested areas in Pangkor to be gazetted.
“Let us be objective. Logging cannot be stopped completely because timber is one
of the major industries which generate revenue for the state,” he told reporters after receiving a courtesy call
from Japanese ambassador to Malaysia Shigeru Nakamura at his office here yesterday.
Dr Zambry was commenting on calls by such groups for forests along the Gerik-Jeli
highway to be gazetted as part of the Royal Belum or a forest reserve to ensure the long-term survival of
He said economic progress would be hindered if the state government were to fulfil
all their demands.
Dr Zambry said Perak was among the few states that had a sustainable forest
“While allowing logging activities, we are also serious about protecting the
state’s rainforests,” he stressed.
On the forest clearing activities in the Belum-Temengor wildlife corridor, Dr
Zambry said he would wait for an in-depth probe to be completed first.
”We also want to know the actual situation and if the report is accurate,” he
Source: The Star