Perak will lose revenue if Royal Belum given Unesco status, says MB

The federal government is keen to seek Unesco World Heritage Site status for the Royal Belum State Park in Gerik. (Facebook pic)

IPOH: Seeking a Unesco World Heritage Site status for the Royal Belum State Park in Gerik will deprive Perak of much-needed revenue from logging, Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said today.

This is because logging will be prohibited in the area should it obtain the international status he said.

“It is not fair on us to stop all logging there because the state government will be deprived of the revenue needed to provide services to the people,” he said after a visit to the PerakFM service at the Department of Broadcasting in Perak.

Faizal asked the federal government to consider making some contributions to the Perak government if Royal Belum is recognised as a World Heritage Site.

He said a lot of money is needed to manage Royal Belum, including implementing initiatives to prevent illegal logging and combating poachers who target the almost-extinct Malayan tiger, he said.

Yesterday, Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said the ministry was seeking the approval of several state governments to enable four more places in Malaysia to be recognised as Unesco World Heritage Sites.

He had identified the four places as the National Park; Royal Belum State Park in Gerik; Quartz Ridge in Gombak and the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM).

Unesco has accorded World Heritage Site status to George Town and Melaka; Lenggong Valley in Perak; Kinabalu National Park in Sabah and Mulu National Park in Sarawak.