K’tan Forestry Dept says area in viral image of logging not close to Gua Musang tiger habitat


MACHANG: The Kelantan Forestry Department denies that image of traces of forest logging actions recorded by a drone that went viral on Monday 9Jan 17) have been close to the tiger habitat or the Orang Asli village in Pos Bihai, Gua Musang.

Kelantan Forestry director Abdul Khalim Abu Samah stated the image taken utilizing a drone confirmed the space was close however as an alternative it was between 5km to 6km from the situation of the current tiger assault.

“I counsel the general public not to manipulate the image because the logging location is not close to the tiger habitat or the situation of the wild animal assault.

“Checks revealed that the situation of the tiger assault, Pos Bihai, is an Orang Asli settlement area exterior the Perias Permanent Forest Reserve,” he advised reporters after attending the Bukit Bakar Eco-Forest Park opening ceremony officiated by the Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob right here Monday.

He stated this when requested to touch upon media reviews relating to allegations by a non-governmental organisation that recorded an image utilizing a drone to detect logging actions in the tiger habitat area situated close to the Orang Asli village in Pos Bihai, Gua Musang.

Abdul Khalim stated most of the Perias Forest Reserve was a manufacturing forest and there have been a number of forest plantation improvement areas alongside the route to Pos Bihai.

He added that it had been gazetted as a Protection Forest (Water Catchment Forest) by the state authorities in 2019. – Bernama

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