Tuan Ibrahim: Destruction at Segari Melintang Forest Reserve likely due to quarry

The waterfall in the Segari Melintang Forest as it was before (left) and what it looks like now. - Pix courtesy of Rakan Segari

IPOH (Bernama): Environmental destruction at the Segari Melintang Forest Reserve, Manjung is believed to be due to a quarry project at the site.

Environment and Water Minister, Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said this was based on initial investigation conducted by the Perak Department of Environment (DOE) at the forest reserve on Monday (Jan 18) and Tuesday (Jan 19).

"The investigation also found six violations of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval conditions involving earthworks carried out without following the Land-Disturbing Pollution Prevention and Mitigation Measures (LD-P2M2)," he tweeted on Wednesday (Jan 20).

Tuan Ibrahim said the Perak DOE was finalising the investigation paper and calling the relevant parties for further action.

It said the DOE had also put up cordon tape at the site and issued a directive and notice for remedial measures to be taken.

On Jan 17, Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam (Kuasa) which took media practitioners to view the site, claiming that the Tanjung Batu Teluk Sera Waterfall in Segari, Pantai Remis, located in the forest reserve, was now almost 90% destroyed due to quarrying activity in the area since last year.

Consequently, the state government ordered that any activities, including quarrying at the waterfall area to cease temporarily while waiting for the result of the investigation into the claim made. – Bernama

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