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KUANTAN, Sept 14 -- The Pahang Forestry Department (JPNP) has revoked the licence to transfer forest products from an alienated land in Lentang, Bentong with immediate effect.
JPNP, in a statement today, said the decision was made based on public interest, even though the licensee did not commit any forestry offences, whether involving access roads or the licensed area.
“A review conducted by the department found that the area is subject to the forest clearing licence with an alienated land status, covering an area of 3.59 hectares and the licensee had obtained the Temporary Occupation Licence (LPS) of a 1.6-hectare area on the adjacent land as a temporary timber yard before being relocated.
“The review also found that the licensee had made payment to extend the LPS period which expired last year, and completed the construction of the access road while logging works have been carried out on 30 per cent of the licensed area.
“However, work to extract logs from the area has yet to be carried out,” the statement read.
Several photos of logs at the timber yard allegedly situated in the alienated land near the Lentang Forest Reserve have been making rounds on social media since yesterday, prompting netizens to urge the authorities to take necessary action to avoid any untoward incidents.
Elaborating, JPNP said the affected area was the same area that went viral last year relating to the pollution issue at Sungai Kenoi, Bentong, and the department had issued a temporary stop-work order for investigation purposes.
It is understood that the licensee had made an application to renew the licence to transfer forest product using a different road in the Lentang Forest Reserve and JPNP had approved the application on July 15.
“JPNP’s monitoring found that the licensee had complied with the prescribed forest road specifications, but there were several things that needed to be improved, especially bridges and sewer for temporary river waterway crossings to prevent any pollution,” the statement read.
JPNP had also instructed the licensee to implement corrective measures as soon as possible and conduct road maintenance more frequently, adding that it would monitor the operation in the affected area so as to ensure that the directives are complied with.
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