Sanctuaries sacrificed

  • Malaysia Premium
  • Tuesday, 07 Jul 2009

Despite what they stand for, Permanent Reserved Forests are being cleared for rubber plantations.

Rubber trees – which dominated the Malaysian landscape a century ago only to be replaced with oil palms in the 1980s – are making a comeback. And this time they will not only yield latex but also wood, to make up for the shortfall of timber from forests.

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