Eco parks, mountains may be closed this monsoon season

Visitors to Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest in Kulai getting in their workout. — Filepic

Johor Forestry Department may close its eco parks and access to mountains due to the north-east monsoon.

Its director Datuk Salim Aman said they would pay close attention to the Meteorological Department’s (MetMalaysia) reports before making any decisions.

“If MetMalaysia states that there will be continuous heavy rain in Johor for three to four days, we will close our eco parks and mountain trails to the public.

“This is our standard operating procedure during the monsoon season to ensure public safety,” he said, adding that there were eight well-known eco parks and 18 mountains in Johor.

These include Gunung Arong Recreational Forest, Gunung Belumut, Panti Forest Eco Park, Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest and Sungai Bantang Recreational Forest.

“Many people like to go jungle trekking in places such as Gunung Pulai, Gunung Muntahak and Gunung Panti.

“Following the reopening of our borders, many people are taking the opportunity to visit these sites,” he said.

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