KUANTAN: Pahang Pakatan Harapan said it is committed to promoting sustainable development and the “green” agenda, although it will rely on logging revenue to pay off the state’s debt should it form the next government.
Pahang Pakatan manifesto committee chief Lee Chean Chung (pic) said the coalition pledged to reduce the logging quota by 20% and to put in place an open tender system to make sure there would be no cronyism, nepotism and corrupt practices.
“The revenue is expected to see a surge of RM200mil even when the logging area is reduced,” he said in a statement.
Lee, who is contesting the Semambu state seat, added that the manifesto seeks to protect the buffer zone of rivers and streams by strengthening local enforcement.
“All palm oil plantations and agricultural activities should not pollute our rivers and water.
“Pahang Pakatan will centralise all tourism developments based on ‘eco-tourism’ concepts.
“By recognising the land rights of the orang asli, our land and forests will be managed in a more sustainable way,” he said.
During the soft launch of the manifesto, state Pakatan chairman Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman claimed Pahang was in the red by RM3bil and that they would rely on the state’s rich natural resources to settle the state’s debts.
Lee added that Pahang Pakatan promises to reject nuclear power plants as a source of energy and to review Lynas and other controversial projects.
He said the coalition welcomed transparency through discussions and opinions on its state manifesto.
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