JERANTUT, May 17 – The Association for the Protection of Natural Heritage of Malaysia (PEKA) will soon submit the ‘Ulu Tembeling Declaration’ to Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob to stop all ongoing logging activities at several locations in the state.
Its president, Puan Seri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil said copies of the declaration would also be handed over to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other relevant government agencies for their perusal. She said the declaration came after a group of 150 people comprising environmentalists, academicians and non-governmental organisations (NGO) joined the ‘Save Country’s Water Catchment Forests Mission’ in Ulu Tembeling last Friday.
“Based on our observations for three days, we can conclude that the shallow state of Sungai Tembeling and Sungai Pahang was not just due to the El Nino phenomenon or the long dry season. In fact, the uncontrolled logging and deforestration activities at the water catchment areas had also contributed to the problems, affecting the rivers in the areas,” she said, adding that a total of 50 four-wheel drive vehicles were used in the mission.
Shariffa Sabrina said apart from the logging activities, the declaration, with seven main provisions, also called on the state government to stop the massive work that were carried out by the Pahang State Development Corporation, as part of its palm oil plantations development plan in Sungai Kembir Valley.
“This includes the logging in the water catchment areas of Ulu Sungai Tembeling and all its streams such as Sungai Kembir, Sungai Kanchin, Sungai Pengau, Sungai Sephia, Sungai Neriak, Sungai Lempah and Sungai Tekal, as well as along the mountain range surrounding Gunung Dulang and Gunung Ais,” she said, urging the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to step in.