Different take on state development

I REFER to the report “Colour of greed marring Perak’s natural heritage” (The Star, Feb 8; online at https://bit.ly/38rR2ni) about over-logging and forest-clearing work being done in an area belonging to the state development authority at the Kledang Saiong Hill.

The real fault here lies not with the current Pakatan Harapan state government because it was the previous administration that approved the project. The former government contributed significantly to the problem, hence the rakyat’s anger should rightfully be directed at it.

Furthermore, the Perak State Development Corporation (PKNP) chief executive officer reiterated that no development project is being planned at Kledang Saiong Hill and the land would be left to revert to its original state.

Honestly, I am struggling to make sense of what the critics of the Perak state government really want to achieve. Moreover, Perak Mentri Besar, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, has proven that he is not afraid to make tough decisions, as he has ordered an immediate halt to all logging activities on land claimed by the Orang Asli in Gerik. For the record, this is not the first time he has done this, as he also halted all logging activities along Sungai Rui in Gerik.

As he said early last year, “we are prepared to work with them. It’s not only the NGOs who are concerned about the environment; myself, the state and the assemblymen also care.”

He also emphasised that while the state aims to improve the economy, it would also ensure that activities such as development and logging would be sustainable.

Please remember that the state of Perak has the largest Orang Asli gazetted land in the country, at close to 13,000 hectares.

On my part, I strongly believe the people of Perak are behind this present government.


Subang Jaya

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