Concerns over Kledang Saiong clearing

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  • Thursday, 07 Feb 2019

Barren: Drone-images of the hill conditions at the Kledang Saiong area

IPOH: About 9.95ha of hills at Kledang Saiong have been found cleared for an unknown project.

Concerned members of the public have raised questions with the state forestry department and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) about the condition of the hills.

Sahabat Alam Sekitar field officer Meor Razak Meor Abdul Rahman said he was among those who noticed the condition of the hills a few weeks ago.

“My concern is, why didn’t the developer put up any signage for the project?

“And if the project is to build a residential area, does it meet requirements?” Meor Razak asked when met at the site yesterday.

He was also concerned about the status of the land and that the land-clearing activities could cause landslides or rockfalls as the hill was located near residential areas along the Ipoh-Lumut highway.

“There is an on-going development at the nearby area, and it has caused floods.

“The development is lower than this one.

“Imagine what will happen if it rains heavily here.

“We want to know what kind of project is planned here and whether it in the public’s interest or if it benefits certain parties,” he said, adding that the hills were about 250m high.

Perak Forestry Department director Datuk Mohamed Zin Yusop said that the department received several public enquiries regarding the land.

“Based on our data, the land is under Menteri Besar Incorporation, and doesn’t fall under a reserve forest area,” he said.

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