Dept: We did not give nod to clear land


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  • Friday, 14 Mar 2003

IPOH: The Perak Forestry Department did not issue any permit to a production company to film the movie Puteri Gunung Ledang at the Kinta Forest Reserve. 

Its director Datuk Azahar Muda said he had no knowledge of any application being made for such a purpose. 

He added that he had directed forestry officers in Tapah to investigate if the filming affected the forest reserve. 

If it affected the forest, the company should get a permit, he said. 

“My department is not aware of any filming taking place in Perak's forest reserve. We only read about it the newspapers. We will investigate the matter,” he said here yesterday. 

Azahar added that appropriate action would be taken if there was any violation on the part of the film production company. 

Society of Regional Environmental Awareness of Cameron Highlands president R. Ramakrishnan had said that the filming of the movie by Enfiniti Productions Sdn Bhd in Gunung Brinchang covered the forests of Pahang and Perak. 

He said many trees were felled and many species of pitcher plants, orchids and moss were cleared or damaged in the process. 

The company's production and location manager Razaq Sahibjahn had claimed that he had a permit from the Cameron Highlands district office and the forestry department in Raub, Pahang. 

He added that he did not know how many trees were damaged but did not want to lodge a police report because he did not want to prolong the matter.  

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