PETALING JAYA: The Society of Regional Awareness of Cameron Highlands (Reach) has lodged a police report against a film company over a recent clearing in Cameron Highlands.
Chairman Ramakrishnan Ramasamy said that under the National Forestry Act 1984, the encroachment into the Batu Gangan permanent forest reserve without a valid permit was an offence and the parties responsible could be charged.
“We have left it to the police to conduct their investigations,” he added yesterday.
He said the Act stipulated that a permit was required to carry out any activity on any land in a permanent forest reserve.
“If the person or company does not have a permit, they are liable to a fine of RM50,000 or a maximum jail term of five years,” he added.
Ramakrishnan said the society had lodged the police report on Monday and urged the authorities to act against the company if the clearing activities were illegal.
An earlier police report had been lodged by a tourist company from the highlands, alleging that a production company, Enfiniti Productions Sdn Bhd, had destroyed endemic plants while making the Puteri Gunung Ledang movie.
The production company said on Saturday they had obtained the necessary approvals to clear the land.
But on Sunday, the Pahang Forestry Department reported that the company was never issued a permit for the shoot.
The department clarified that the approval was only given by the Cameron Highland’s District Office.
It was also reported it is the department, and not the district office, that has the authority to issue approval for clearing activities in forest reserves.
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