Kuala Koh National Park not closed following lung infection in Orang Asli village

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019

KOTA BHARU (Bernama): The Kuala Koh National Park in Gua Musang has not been affected following the spread of a lung infection among the Orang Asli community in Kampung Kuala Koh.

Kelantan Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director Ady Ermanty Haniff Mohamed Hanif said the national park, located about 1km from the village, was still safe to visit.

"At the same time, we advise visitors to take precautions, and bring along face masks and hand sanitiser for protection," he said when met by Bernama at his office here Tuesday (June 11).

Recently, two people from the Bateq tribe in Kelantan were reported to have died due to a lung infection that began early last month.

Ady Ermanty Haniff said that Perhilitan did not plan to close the Kuala Koh National Park for the time being and added that it was ready to give full cooperation to any agency if required.

He said the department was informed that the Orang Asli Development Department only restricted the entry and exit to the affected area near the village.

"We have been informed by the Kelantan Health Department that the situation at the Orang Asli village is still under control, so there is currently no need to close the Kuala Koh National Park to the public," he said, adding that the number of visitors to the park was not affected by the problem.

A total of 39,448 local and foreign tourists visited the Kuala Koh National Park from 2010 to 2018.

In another development, Ady Ermanty Haniff said Perhilitan was currently holding a campaign to protect and conserve the tiger population in Peninsular Malaysia.

He said the department had estimated that there were fewer than 200 tigers the peninsular.

"We advise the public and those operating agricultural farms to immediately inform Perhilitan if they spot a tiger outside its habitat," he said. - Bernama

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