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Encroachment: Pahang to reward whistleblowers

November 15, 2013

The state government cited poor enforcement due to lack of manpower as one of the reasons which had led to problems like landslides and flash floods.

KUANTAN: The Pahang government will be working with all relevant ministries and agencies to curb forest and land encroachment in the state, said State Secretary Muhammad Safian Ismail.

“Not only in Cameron Highlands, but throughout Pahang,” he told reporters here yesterday.

He cited poor enforcement due to lack of manpower as one of the reasons there had been encroachment of forests and land in the state, which led to problems like landslides and flash floods.

As such, it is also vital for preventive actions to be taken as “prevention is better than cure”, he said.

He said the state government was also looking into rewarding whistleblowers on forest and land encroachment. On Oct 24,  four people were killed in a mud flood in Bertam Valley, Cameron Highlands after water was released from the swollen lake at the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam following unusually heavy rain overnight.

The tragedy was believed to been a result of illegal land clearing at the popular hill resort.



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