Confusion over land cleared for filming


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 13 Mar 2003

BY S.S. YOGA

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Confusion reigns over the portion of land in Gunung Brinchang here that apparently covers Pahang and Perak that had been cleared for filming purposes. 

A source in the Pahang Forestry Department said tree felling occurred on the Pahang side of the Hulu Bertam Permanent Forest Reserve and on the adjacent Kinta Forest Reserve on the Perak side. 

Society of Regional Environmental Awareness of Cameron Highlands (Reach) president R. Ramakrishnan, who took reporters to the site, found that more trees were felled from the original nine recorded by the Forestry Department on Monday. 

“It is obvious that these trees are on the Perak side based on the border markings and there are more than 15 trees felled, and vegetation destroyed or disturbed,” he said. 

Pahang Forestry officials refused to comment. “If there is anything based on the report, we will take action and I cannot comment if they (production crew) have or have not done filming on the Perak side until I see the report,” said Pahang Forestry director Datuk Mokhtar Mat Isa. 

Ramakrishnan urged the Perak Forestry Department to investigate and said he would make a second police report on the new land clearings. 

Enfiniti Productions Sdn Bhd production and location manager Razaq Sahibjahn, when met at the site, said though the area was a forest reserve “it was an open forest with the public allowed in.” 

When it was pointed out that entry was for only eco-tourism activities like trekking, Razaq said they had a permit.  

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