Monday, May 20, 2013

Special team to check forest destruction in Malaysia

A special team will be set up by the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry with the respective state governments to look into the destruction of forests and hill slopes in the country.

Its Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said there was rampant and careless destruction (involving virgin forests and land clearing) in the Cameron Highlands, and other areas including Sabah and Sarawak.

An English daily report has highlighted rampant land clearing in the Cameron Highlands, which began less than a month ago.

According to the report, this included the felling of 40ha of virgin forests, with the bulk of the ravaging at Pos Terisu spanning at least four valleys and hills flattened for farmers to plant vegetables.

Palanivel said the destuction need to be stopped immediately because many people's lives are affected due to the damage to hill slopes such as water quality deterioration.

Therefore, the ministry has arranged several plans to save forests and hill slopes from destruction, he added.


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