IPOH, 20 July 2009: The commercial exploitation or destruction of forest in Perak is not as serious as claimed by environmental groups, said the Barisan Nasional’s Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir.
He said presently, only 1.04mil hectare or about 50% of forest in the Perak was involved in such activities.
“This is better than in developed countries like Australia (only 20% of forest left), France (28%), Germany (32%), Holland (11%) and the United Kingdom (12%).
“The Perak government will continue to be strict in the management and development of forest resources,” he told reporters after the opening of the new Perak Forestry Department building here today. The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, opened the RM17.8mil building in Bandar Meru Raya, replacing the old building on Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab.
Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP), the forestry department received a RM62mil allocation from the Perak government and RM94mil from the forestry development consolidated fund for forest conservation.
The Perak government had gazetted 160,000ha of forest reserve as water catchment areas, Zambry added. — Bernama