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Forest Encroachment: Stern Action To Be Taken Against Culprits

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MELAKA – Stern legal action will be taken against anyone found conducting illegal forest clearing in Melaka, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

He said the government views the three reports on encroachment of state land and forest seriously and was monitoring the situation closely to prevent soil erosion and river pollution from occurring as a result of the encroachment activities.

Without mentioning further on the report, he said the state government had always acted proactively by conducting effective monitoring and enforcement to combat forest encroachment statewide.

“Legal action will be taken if the irresponsible parties are found guilty. The state government has always worked closely with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to ensure there are no fraud involved.

“Hence, the state government has ordered that all economic activities in the forest including sand mining be suspended temporarily, ” he told reporters here today.

Earlier, Idris officiated the state government monthly gathering organised by the Melaka Syariah Court at Seri Negara Hall, Ayer Keroh here.

Also present were state assembly speaker Datuk  Othman Muhamad and Melaka Syariah Court chief judge Datuk Mohd Radzi Abd Latif.

Meanwhile, he urged the State Disaster Management Committee to always be prepared for all possibilities following uncertain weather conditions in the state.

“We have activated this committee to monitor the high risk areas especially the flood-prone areas so that immediate action can be taken in the event of a disaster.

“We have also ensured that the relevant authorities could gain immediate access to the disaster-prone areas to see to the needs of the residents there,” he added.

In his speech, Idris said the Melaka Syariah Court had undergone a transformation pertaining to the upgrading of facilities, improved quality and performance of judicial staff and effective administrative management. – BERNAMA

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