Malaysia: Nationwide campaign to stop logging plan for Ulu Muda forest reserve

A nationwide signature campaign against Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak’s plan to log timber in the Ulu Muda forest reserve was launched yesterday A spokesman for the 19-member group, Shamsul Ery Shamsudin, said: “The ‘Save the Ulu Muda forest reserve’ campaign is on. “We waited for feedback from the menteri besar for almost one year, but there was no response. He didn’t even want to meet us. “We fear the logging plan is on and we want to stop this.”

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Shamsul, who is a field research officer with Penang-based Sahabat
Alam Malaysia, said the group expected to collect 1,000,000 signatures
before the end of the year. “We are also targeting 100,000 signatures in Penang, Kedah and Perlis.  “We will not relent until the menteri besar rescinds his decision.”

He said the group was appealing to the Federal Government to honour its promise to pay the Kedah government RM100 million annually if it spared the forest reserve. He said the Penang and Perlis governments should also pay the Kedah government for preserving the forest reserve, which is about twice the size of Perlis, as it was a major source of water for the three states.

Azizan had proposed to fell timber in the forest reserve to earn revenue that will help the state government carry out development programmes.

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