‘Stop quarry activities at Tg Batu’

IPOH: Environmental activist group Aktivis Sahabat Alam (Kuasa) is urging the state government to stop all quarry activities around the Tanjung Batu waterfall area in Segari, Manjung.

When contacted, Kuasa vice-chairman Noor Ismady Ahmad Radzuan said such pristine sites should not be subjected to development.

He said in 2017, Kuasa along with a few other non-governmental organisations that attended a district local planning public hearing meeting had agreed that no new permits for quarry activities should be issued at permanent forest reserves.

Noor Ismady said in 2014, the National Land Council had come up with a resolution that all state authorities should take the initiative to control, or prevent any approvals for logging or quarry activities in permanent forest reserves.

“Thus I am hoping that the state government will stop issuing new permits for quarry activities at the Tanjung Batu area, because the site is part of a forest reserve.

“Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad visited the site on Sunday, and had promised to look into the rehabilitation of the area by planting more trees, ” he said.

In a response to the allegation of the damage and pollution to the area, Saarani said a thorough investigation would be carried out.

Saarani, who issued a statement yesterday, said that the state government had instructed both the Forestry and Environment departments to check on the matter.

He said Mentri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc) had also been asked to provide a detailed report on the quarry activities, which are said to be the alleged cause of the pollution.

“The state government has ordered all works at the area to stop, while waiting for the investigations to be completed, ” he added.

On Jan 16, Kuasa had reported that the once-pristine waterfall is now filled with debris from soil erosion due to quarry activities.

Noor Ismady said he came across the site on Jan 14 when surveying some locations near the area for a mangrove tree-planting programme.

He said the waterfall was still all right when he was there in early December last year, and that it was disappointing to see the waterfall, one of the biggest in the area, now in this condition.

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