Facebook Twitter Google Plus Vimeo Youtube Feed Feedburner

ROS LBoard 1

Trees supporting ground structure allegedly ‘poisoned’

 | July 20, 2016

Teluk Bahang assemblyman Shah Headan says the trees started drying up even during the rainy season and upon further inspection were suspected to be poisoned.


BALIK PULAU: More than 50 trees that support the ground structure along Jalan Balik Pulau-Teluk Bahang are suspected to have been injected with pesticide so they will die.

Teluk Bahang assemblyman Shah Headan Ayoob Hussain Shah said based on his experience and educational background in agriculture and plantations, the trees were either injected with Gramoxone, Paraquat or 24d amine that has killed the trees slowly.

“I realised the trees had started to dry up during the dry season and at first I thought it was due to the weather. But even when it started raining regularly, the trees were still drying up.

“When I did an investigation, I found that the trees had been poisoned,” he said.

The trees were planted along some 400 metres of the road, which is the one and only access road connecting Balik Pulau to Teluk Bahang.

Along the road, two sharp corners were already facing soil erosion and part of the road has been damaged.

“The soil structure here is very weak and based on my opinion, the danger level is at level four and if it continues to rain, in a month’s time, part of the road can collapse and harm road users or cause fatalities,” he said.

The trees were planted on the road shoulder and on part of the Public Works Department (JKR) reserve land. Beside it, the agriculture land is used by the locals to plant fruits like durian.

“I urge the authorities such as the Forestry Department, JKR, the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and others to conduct a site visit to see how severe the problem is and identify the culprit behind such an act.

“If JKR is planning to conduct a road expansion, please do put up proper signage for road users,” he said.

Shah Headan also urged all road users to be extra careful when driving in the area, especially during rain as the soil structure was not strong and prone to landslides.

State Agriculture, Agro-based Industries, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin, when contacted, said his office had no information of trees that had been injected with pesticides to kill them off.



Readers are required to have a valid Facebook account to comment on this story. We welcome your opinions to allow a healthy debate. We want our readers to be responsible while commenting and to consider how their views could be received by others. Please be polite and do not use swear words or crude or sexual language or defamatory words. FMT also holds the right to remove comments that violate the letter or spirit of the general commenting rules.

The views expressed in the contents are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of FMT.