I WOULD like to support Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad's suggestion that we should consider stiffer penalties for project proponents that disregard environmental laws for profits, as was reported in “Jail green rapists”, (The Star, Feb 5).
He was referring to the development of an eight-hectare site in Cameron Highlands, Pahang.
I wish to draw the Prime Minister’s attention to a proposal by a public-listed company to log about 120,000ha of virgin hill forest that are categorised as watershed reserved at Ulu Muda, Kedah.
In the plans, a road 404km long and 14m wide and stretching over5,600ha, will be built over a period of 10 years.
The use of a helicopter in the timber extraction process is just a futile attempt to legitimise the green rape of this vast area which does not include further rapes of virgin forests at the stumpage area, timber camps and fuel storage facilities.
In theory, it has been estimated that 20% of the total area will be destroyed, but in practice the environmental destruction is higher and often irreversible.
If we recognise the destroyer of an eight-hectare piece of land in the Cameron Highlands as a green rapist, shouldn't we also identify the potential destroyer of about 5,600ha of catchment forest (forest with vital functions in the supply of water for streams and rivers) at Ulu Muda as “green gang rapists''.
So it is important that State and Federal officials, as well as concerned NGOs, be as firm as our Prime Minister in preventing this company from committing the gang rape of the Ulu Muda forests.
CONCERNED DON, Bangi, Selangor.
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