‘Yes, logging going on in Muda but it is licensed’

Badrol-Hisham-Hashim

ALOR SETAR: The Kedah government has denied that illegal logging is taking place at the Ulu Muda water catchment area in Sik.

The logging is said to pose a threat to water supply in the northern region of the country.

State Housing, Local Government, Water Supply, Water Resources and Energy Committee chairman Badrol Hisham Hashim said the logging activities were being carried out by licensed operators, according to the stipulated regulations.

“Yes, there are logging activities in the area but they are being carried outside the catchment area and the logging area involved is 12,484 hectares or 30% of the total Ulu Muda area.

“I wish to emphasise that the state government is closely monitoring logging activities which are going on in the state and will not compromise if the activities affect the environment,” he told reporters after presenting Padang Terap district education office excellent service awards at a hotel here yesterday.

Badrol said this in reply to a statement by Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) chief executive officer Jaseni Maidinsa who on April 15 claimed that logging activities in Ulu Muda had affected the level and quality of water in the Muda Dam.