PETALING JAYA: Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham has denied any form of logging or pollution on a piece of Gua Musang land, which he co-owns in Kelantan.
Criticising what he said were inaccurate news reports on blogs as well as a Malay daily, Ngeh said not a single log had been taken out from the 10,526ha forest reserve land owned by Upayapadu Plantations Sdn Bhd, of which he is director.
The Beruas MP also said there was no orang asli settlement on the land.
He pointed out that the land acquired in April was for a reforestation programme after the land was cleared of timber many years ago.
“The same area will be harvested every 30 years when the smaller trees have grown.
“Some people have the wrong idea that no tree may be chopped down in a forest reserve, in which event we would not have timber to build our houses and make our furniture.”
He also put to rest allegations that the “logging” on the Upayapadu land had affected the livelihood of orang asli, displacing them.
“Many people have asked if the said reforestation affect the livelihood of any orang asli. I would like to state that there is no orang asli on the said land.
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