Recent Flooding Might Motivate Govt To Monitor Logging

Malaysian Parliament Member, Tengku Razaleigh, addresses Kelantan’s massive floods. Razaleigh “does not dismiss” the possibility that the uncontrolled land clearing could have added to the severity of the floods and suggests authorities better monitor the area’s logging. Continue reading about the devastating floods on Eco-Business, where they suggest replanting eight to ten trees for every one cut in order to help preserve the ecosystem and proactively combat future erosion.

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Gua Musang Member of Parliament, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Considers the Impact of Illegal Logging. Photo by FreeMalaysiaToday.com

GUA MUSANG: Gua Musang Member of Parliament, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, does not exclude the possibility that uncontrolled land clearing for agricultural purposes and logging activities are the main causes of the massive floods which hit Kelantan last December.

He said these activities had resulted in the riverbeds of several main rivers, especially Sungai Belatop in Lojing, to rise and the rivers to overflow during heavy rain in the monsoon season.

“I don’t dismiss the possibility that these activities had caused the recent major floods, and residents in low-lying, food-prone areas in Hulu Kelantan must be prepared in facing the monsoon in future.”

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A farmer walks along the breached river bank caused by the recent flash floods. Photo by Bernama on TheBorneoPost.com

He said this in his speech at the Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sri Wangi 2, Parent-Teacher Association annual general meeting, here, today.

Tengku Razaleigh, who is also Gua Musang Umno division chief, said the Orang Asli in several villages in Pos Brooke and Lojing had previously voiced their concerns over the uncontrolled land clearing.

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Malaysia’s government says the flooding is the worst in more than 30 years. Photo by BBC.com

“Their worries turned to reality when the massive flooding occurred and we did not expect the flood waters to rise so fast,” he said.

Tengku Razaleigh said the authorities should monitor closely the land clearing and logging activities to protect the environment.

– BERNAMA

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