JOHOR BARU: Johor is losing hundreds of million ringgit in revenue from illegal logging activities at a forest reserve in Mersing.
Senggarang assemblyman Khairuddin A. Rahim claimed that the activity has been ongoing at Lenggor Forest Reserve for a very long time.
“I raised this matter during at state legislative assembly on Aug 12 last year where I was told the government would take proactive measures in combating the activity.
“However, when I went to the same location last month, logging was still ongoing,” he said when met after he lodged a report with the state Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Kempas.
Khairuddin added that a part of the forest had been stripped bald with unmarked timber trees cut down illegally and removed without the payment of tax.
He also alleged that timber production records had been tampered with by irresponsible quarters, and that replanting of the forest was not done according to the regulations.
He said besides causing losses to the government, the illegal logging also had an impact on the environment as the forest reserve acted as a water catchment area.
Khairuddin, who is also the state Pakatan Harapan Backbenchers Club chief, added that he was disappointed with the way the government was handling the matter.
“I will continue to raised this matter again if there is no proper action including lodging another report with the MACC and at the state legislative assembly, which will be held in July,” he said.
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