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What about foreigners in forest reserves?
Published on: Sunday, April 02, 2017

By Pro-Justice
I HAVE only praise for the dedication which the Conservator of Forests, Datuk Sam Mannan, goes about his work.

It is because many of those who occupied the post before him were “gaji buta” that we are now faced with problems of illegal clearing and occupying of forest reserves. Not to mention political interference.

Clearing the mess of his predecessors is not easy because as in the Tongod case, it stretches back to the 1990s.

However, what about forest reserves occupied by foreigners in the East Coast where enforcement personnel have often been challenged to a fight when doing their duty and sometimes harmed.

The State Government should go after all those who break the law to clear forests for commercial crop cultivation like oil palm and rubber irrespective of local or foreigners. Otherwise, there will be accusations of bias on the part of the authorities.


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