IPOH – The Perak government is mulling limiting the number of tourists to the Royal Belum State Park in Gerik at any one time to ensure that it is continually preserved, thus making it an exclusive tourist destination in the state, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
He said the uncontrolled arrival of too many tourists could adversely affect the natural beauty and eco-system of the area.
“We want tourists to go there, but at the same time, there must be control over the number because if not, it will cause serious environmental problems in the area.
“So far, there have been no serious reports but we do not deny that there have been reports on poaching and we (the state government) have to take stern action and work with the various departments to catch them (poachers),” he said after chairing the weekly state executive council meeting here today.
Zambry added that the state government would also limit the number of boats, sampans and houseboats operating in Royal Belum to ensure that the area is well-preserved because it was a priceless heritage of the country, especially Perak.
“So far, thankfully there has been no rubbish dumping but we need to ensure that Royal Belum remains preserved as it is on the world map as a result of the strategic cooperation between the state government and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture,” he said.
Zambry added that he had directed the relevant departments including the Perak State Parks Corporation, the Hulu Perak District and Land Office, the Gerik District Council and the Forestry Department to preserve Royal Belum.
“For instance, the District Office will be responsible for licensing, maintaining the area, and controlling the number of tourists who are there at any one time.
“The scope of authority of the Forestry Department could include not allowing certain species to become endangered due to irresponsible activities,” he said. – BERNAMA