IPOH: All forest reserves in Perak will be temporarily closed as the monsoon season has begun.
Perak Forestry deputy director Ramli Mat said the North-East monsoon transition phase had started in September and is expected to last until early 2021.
"The transition will include thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and strong winds that could lead to flash floods and may affect the structure of the forest.
"We are worried trees could be uprooted and soil erosion, which could potentially harm visitors," he said in a statement on Thursday (Oct15).
"Hiking, trekking and other recreational activities involving trails at forest reserves are now not allowed.
"The closure starts from Oct 15 until Jan 31 next year," he added.
Ramli said for Bukit Kledang in Menglembu here, only the tarred roads would be open to the public.
"Bukit Kledang has become an eco-tourist spot and also has several public facilities. After much consideration, we have decided to only close the forest trails.
"We will not be responsible towards the safety and health of visitors therefore we hope they will understand the risks when entering the forest reserve," he said.
"We will take action against those who trespass into the forest reserve during the closure period," he said, adding that trespassers can be charged under Section 47(4) of the National Forestry Act that carries a maximum fine of RM10,000 or three years in jail or both.
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