Johor govt to state stand on Pulau Kukup status on Sunday

Menteri Besar Osman Sapian says he will answer all questions raised by assemblymen. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: The Johor government will state its stand on the status of Pulau Kukup as a national park during the winding-up debate at the state assembly on Sunday.

Menteri Besar Osman Sapian said he would also use the sitting to answer all questions raised by assemblymen in their debate speeches.

“Two executive councillors have not given their winding-up speeches.

“I will speak after the two have spoken and answer whatever questions raised by the assemblymen,” he said after launching the Back to School and Baiti Jannati programmes organised by Tenaga Nasional Berhad here today.

Osman was commenting on the status of Pulau Kukup, which has become a hot subject among the people after the gazette on the cancellation of Pulau Kukup as a national park was disseminated via social media three days ago.

Earlier, State Islamic Religious Affairs and Education Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan claimed his committee was not aware of the cancellation of the reserve even though it was gazetted on Sept 24.

According to Aminolhuda, the approval for the cancellation was made at an executive council meeting by the previous government in March.

Yesterday, the Johor assembly passed an emergency motion for the Johor state government to review the status of the Pulau Kukup National Park.

Pulau Kukup, located in Pontian district, covers 647ha and is surrounded by 800ha of mudflats. It is the second largest mangrove island in the world as well as one of the five Ramsar sites in Malaysia.

It is also a biodiversity attraction as it is the habitat of 12 species of fauna and 76 species of birds.