Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Pulau Pinang
I am not a resident of Penang Hill but I am making this report to you as I am sadden by the destruction and raping of Penang Hill. These happened around the area between Canopy Walk-Methodist-Brother's Bungalow. I was told by the foreigner workers that a road will be built down to Air Itam? (I have yet to use the trail down and therefore can't give you that report).
These are some of the destruction observed:
1. There were many trees being chopped. The healthy tree near the Canopy Walk was chopped for no apparent reason. I was told it was a healthy tree. And on checking the logs found (pictures attached) there weren't any decay! Can anybody cut trees in Penang Hill without Forestry Dept approval....or do they have your blessing??
2. Steep slopes - many with 90 deg. slopes. Attached a photo of a tree almost hanging and waiting for the next wet season to cause accident.
3. Foreign workers harvesting our forest (trees and possible animals) for food as well as herbal use. See last photo.
Trees chopped and burnt. Found at the junction of Summit Rd to Methodist Centre.
Trail from Summit Rd to Brother's Bungalow is now a "highway".
Illegal hut of the construction workers along Jln Viaduct West.
Massive tree cuttings along Jln Viaduct West
Please take necessary action
Thank for your comment. Forestry Department observed that all kind of activities done in Owner land not in Forest Reserved. That why, I cannot take any legal action on damaging , cutting or chopping the tree in owner land. To be make sure all activities out side our Forest Reserved, we already engage land surveyer and within 2 weeks we can get the results on it. If that activities clasiffied under enchrochment , we will bring to the court under National Forestry Act.
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Do you mean that if it is my land, I can do whatever I like even if the mudflow will affect people downstream?
If Your land I cant do any thing
Please understand that by surfacing the trail with cement, water will rush down during raining season. There are no proper drainage seen.
Who will be responsible for eventual silting and flooding at the foothill?
If foothil fall under my Forest Area, I will take action . If not , the action depend on status lands. If that land under your own land, you can take action.
"identity gone forever" . That statement I Cant accept. Last 2 months, I went there and walk through the moniot road and I found all spesies are there include new species I found like Strycnos ignatii . Can you tell me what spesies are gone forever. I waiting for your answer, Please.
With your reasoning, I think so long as it is a private property, I can do whatever I like.
Yes. Can I go to your land and do what ever I like?
Correct me if I am wrong.
Yes. You are totally wrong.
Thank you Forest Ang