I SUPPORT Concerned Don’s call to prevent logging in the catchment forests in Ulu Muda, Kedah, “Act on green gang rapists’’ (The Star, Feb 19).
This forest is one of the last virgin dipterocarp forests in our country, indeed in the Asean region, as virtually all the timber-rich dipterocarp forests have been cleared or logged by now.
The virgin dipterocarp forests in Ulu Muda are filled with huge trees hundreds of years old, a remnant of the lowland forests that once covered our country.
Our forests are acknowledged as the grandest and most species-rich rain forests in the whole world. And now we are about to lose this portion as well.
In fact, the Ulu Muda forests have been proposed by certain quarters as a wildlife reserve, but nothing has been done.
The place is a habitat for elephants, tigers and even the rare Sumatran rhinoceros. Evidently, there is tourism and conservation potential.
All around the world, there is a disregard for the environment, and that same attitude is at work here, fuelling greedy men to rape the forests in Ulu Muda.
Once logged, the forests will suffer damage and be altered forever.
I hope all concerned people, officials, and NGOs will speak out or do something before it is too late.
Now the axe is at the tree although in Ulu Muda we have one of the last viable habitats for our unique flora and fauna to thrive in. Let’s not see it despoiled.