Posted by: ulumuda | March 3, 2009

MB: Logging at Ulu Muda won’t affect environment (NST-1 Mac 09)

ALOR STAR: Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak has given an assurance that the proposed logging project in the Ulu Muda forest reserve will not affect the environment.

He said the Pas-led state government was seeking the best logging method. The felling of trees would be handled carefully after getting views from experts.

He also said trees within water catchment areas would not be felled.

“Some areas in the Ulu Muda forest have been gazetted as water catchments.

“The state government has no intention of logging water catchments,” he said after attending a state-level halal food industry dialogue here yesterday.

Azizan was asked to comment on a nationwide signature campaign against the logging project in the Ulu Muda forest reserve.

The campaign, organised by a coalition of 19 non-governmental organisations led by Sahabat Alam Malaysia, aims to obtain a million signatures to exert pressure on Azizan to cancel the project.

Azizan also took a swipe at the group and asked the coalition to get its facts right on the forest reserve before issuing any statements.

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