IPOH: The Perak government has not approved any development projects near turtle landing sites in Teluk Senangin, says Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.
He said that the state would approve projects that benefit the public and protect turtle landing areas.
"We receive proposals and suggestions every day. However, before we can make any decisions, we need to consider several factors and conduct discussions with related agencies," said Ahmad Faizal.
He said that the state government has received a proposal from a private company who wanted to develop the area but added that it was not briefed about the project.
Ahmad Faizal said this when launching a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) carnival here on Saturday (April 13).
The issue came to light when Kumpulan Aktivis Sahabat Alam (Kuasa) said it received information that plans to build a natural gas plant was going to be built at Tanjung Hantu were going to resume after they were delayed several years ago.
In a written statement, Kuasa president Hafizuddin Nasaruddin said he was informed by villagers that a group of surveyors was spotted in the area.
"Previously, we had successfully stopped a steel mill project when we managed to get 80,000 signatures against the plan. We hope all nature lovers and activists will come hand-in-hand to fight this project," he said.
Hafizuddin said the project would affect local fishermen and have a big impact on turtles as it is located next to two turtle landing areas, Pantai Pasir Pandak and Pantai Pasir Panjang.
"The state had previously gazetted Segari Melintang as a state park, but what is going on now," he said.