Over 284,000ha reforested in Sabah, House told

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008

KOTA KINABALU: Land area about 10 times the size of Penang Island has been reforested or cultivated as forest plantations in Sabah.

Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Radin Malleh told the State Assembly yesterday that of the 284,000ha, some 189,910ha had been developed as forest plantations. He said forest restoration had been completed on another 94,432ha of logged-over areas.

He told Datuk Louis Rampas (BN – Kiulu) that work was carried out in areas designated under the state’s sustainable forest management programme (SFM) besides on state and privately-owned land.

Radin said that under the SFM scheme, the state had signed 19 sustainable forest management long-term agreements involving some 2.12 million hectares of commercial forest reserves.

The state had subsequently rejected three of the licensees as they were unable to comply with various provisions

“We are pleased that another six licensees were able to carry out the work as listed and had been issued their compliance certificates,” Radin added.

Replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail, Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said the state only allowed local tree species and rubber trees to be planted in areas under the SFM.

He said there were already 1.3 million hectares of land cultivated with oil palm in Sabah and this was sufficient.

Assistant Minister to the Finance Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan said the value of the state-owned Saham Amanah Sabah (SAS) unit trust was expected to reach RM1 in about 10 years.

He told Datuk Samsuddin Yahya (BN – Sekong) that the state government’s investment of some RM200mil in SAS helped to stabilise the unit trust and prevent its value from dipping below 16sen.

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