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Shops in Kuala Lumpur are doing booming sales in gaharu oil, powder and woodchips, even as authorities are tightening rules on the harvesting of the fragrant resin.
Shops selling aromatic gaharu oils and woodchips are sprouting in Kuala Lumpur to cater to Middle Eastern tourists. The business, however, is depleting a species of trees in the forest.
Villagers in Kelantan, who have long earned a living from collecting and processing agarwood, now have to comply with new rules aimed at conserving the trees which yield the fragrant wood. HILARY CHIEW reports.
Hamzah Hassan was possibly the richest man in Kampung Bukit Jering in Jeli, Kelantan, during the pre-independence years. All he did then was to venture into the forest close to his village and cart out dark-coloured resin embedded in the tree which locals call I>karas./i>
font size=+1 color=Red>Exclusive:/fontThe rich and valuable ecosystem of Temenggor Forest Reserve in Perak is being ravaged by rampant logging and illegal felling at Tasik Temenggor.