GERIK: The state of Perak has the highest percentage of forest reserves in Peninsular Malaysia, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
He said the state government had gazetted 48.7 per cent of forest reserves compared with 50 per cent stipulated by the federal government.
“No state in the peninsular has such a high percentage of forest reserve as Perak.
“In terms of the percentage of land retained as forest reserve, it is very important. Perak is the highest in the peninsular, and there are states with only 20 and 30 per cent,” he added.
He disclosed this to reporters after officiating the Central Forest Spine (CFS) Ecology Corridor Viaduct and the Tropical Rainforest Living Collection Banun (TRLC-Banun) project site, here Tuesday.
Zambry said despite criticisms from certain groups, the state government perceived the move as an important effort to conserve the forest reserves in the state.
“The state government does not reject constructive criticisms and in fact welcomed them. But I hope they can see the efforts of the state government and our determination in increasing the percentage of the forest reserves.
“I have also directed the Forestry Department to look into areas that can be taken out of the zone to be turned into our forest reserve,” he said.
As evidence, on May 9 2013, the state government had decided to gazette the Amanjaya Forest Reserve involving 18,866 hectares.– BERNAMA