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Lojing Should Not Suffer Same Fate As Cameron Highlands

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KOTA BHARU – Everyone should take the Cameron Highlands tragedy as a lesson and hope that the same fate will not befall ‘Tanah Tinggi Lojing’ in Gua Musang which is now reported to be experiencing serious erosion.

Landskap Malaysia chairman Tun Jeanne Abdullah said if everyone allowed these greedy entrepreneurs to destroy the highland, the area that was rich in flora and fauna would be completely destroyed in no time.

“What happened in the Cameron Highlands should be an ‘eye-opener’ for everyone. They don’t consider conserving the environment as important and look what transpired.

“We forget that what has been done had destroyed the environment and now it is time for us to look after Lojing so that it will not suffer the same fate,” she said after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the
Kelantan government, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK), Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre (TRCRC) Bhd and the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC), here today.

The Kelantan government was represented by Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah, UMK Vice-Chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Raduan Che Rose represented UMK, Jeanne represented TRCRC while ECERDC was represented by its chief executive officer Datuk Jebasingam Issace John.

Also present to witness the MoU signing was the patron of Landskap Malaysia, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The MoU was in the form of a cooperation to look after the 404-hectare Lojing area after it was gazetted as a conservation area because of the presence of the the flower, Rafflesia there.

Jeanne, however, was happy because there was a proposal to grow about one million plants in Cameron Highlands aimed at rehabilitating the area although it would take a long time.

Commenting on Lojing, Jeanne said the more than 400-hectare area must be protected from the threat of natural disaster because of the many varieties of ferns found there which could be turned into tourist attractions. – BERNAMA

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