Jungle the size of Cyberjaya logged

Jungle the size of Cyberjaya logged
The extent of the logging which has destroyed much of the greenery within the Lesong permanent forest reserve.

KUALA ROMPIN- A jungle area the size of Cyberjaya is being logged in the middle of one of Pahang's most important forests to make way for possible rubber plantations.

Earmarked by the Pahang government, some 3,000ha of the Lesong permanent reserve forest is currently being cleared, with an untold number of logs being taken out of the jungle every day.

The Pahang Forestry Department defends the move as legal, saying it has been approved by the state's executive council and only affects areas known as "degraded forest".

Environmentalists, however, are up in arms, saying that although the state has the legal right to do so, the move could have devastating effects on Malaysian wildlife.

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