IPOH, Feb 8 — Protests against logging activities near Kampung Orang Asli Cenux in Gerik will only hurt the timber industry, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said today. He urged protestors to reconsider their actions, as the timber industry needs adequate resources which can only be obtained via logging. “We have problems getting timber resources for the wood industry, which involves lots of factory work. So, I hope the parties who want to halt this effort should think further than that,” he told reporters after attending the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) at Weil Hotel here. Ahmad Faizal also said that the trees, which were felled, were not on the land that was gazetted as Orang Asli ancestral land, contrary to what has been alleged.
“I haven’t visited the site, but I stand with the statement issued by the State Forestry Department director Datuk Mohamed Zin Yusop, who had said that the logging was conducted in a sustainable manner, as only trees that were tagged were cut,” he said.
Mohamed Zin had on Wednesday said that the logging activities were only approved in the area of the Air Chepam Forest Reserve and not in the Orang Asli ancestral land as claimed by the community.
“Perak also follows the annual cut ration (catuan tebang tahunan), which was set by the National Land Council, which is about 7,744ha, by practising selective logging. Only trees which meet the standard are allowed to be cut after going through the tagging process,” said Mohamed Zin. Mohamed Zin also denied that the department had threatened the Orang Asli community in Kampung Cunex over the blockade created by them to prevent further logging.
It was reported that the Orang Asli community in Kampung Cunex was threatened by Forestry Department officers after creating a blockade to prevent logging activity from destroying 80ha of land, which also involves their ancestral land and settlements. The Orang Asli community lodged a police report on February 1 over claims that they were intimidated by the Forestry Department officers.
steadyaku47 comment : Anti logging protest will hurt the timber industry? WTF. Does this MB thinks he is still in the Umno era from where he came from? Go ask the timber guys in Perak and this is what they will tell you. NOTHING HAS CHANGED FROM BN DAYS. WE ARE STILL PAYING FOR TIMBER CONCESSIONS ALBEIT NOT TO UMNO GUYS BUT TO GUYS WHO ARE THE FRONT FOR THE PH PERAK GOVERNMENT. Yes read that bit in capital again in case you did not understand what I am saying….nothing has change….only the recipients of those bribes has. And this MB has the gall to state that protests will hurt the timber industry. Hell No! It will only hurt the pockets of those guys in PH who are now the recipients of those bribes from the timber merchants. And go trace where those bribes do end up and you will find them to be very close to the MB’s office….if not IN the MB’s office. You want names? I have names….but these names were given to me by the timber merchants who cannot back what they say with receipts of money paid and to whom. So for now I will refrain from putting those names into the public domain.
And this MB has the cheek to say that he has NOT visit the site but insists that logging is conducted in a sustainable manner. Aisehman brother MB, did not that degree that you claim you have got (NOT) from a certain University in Western Australia teach you anything? Tolong jangan cakap cakap before you go inspect the site yourself and satisfy yourself that logging done there is sustainable. Enough said.