Extra 100,000ha of forests in Malaysia to be gazetted as national reserves

MALAYSIA - The Government plans to gazette a further 100,905ha of forests as part of the national reserve to counter illegal logging.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said the move was to increase the forest reserves from 12,739,122ha to 12,840,027ha.

"Logging can only be conducted in the national forest reserve in the peninsula where it is identified as a production forest," he said in a written reply to Er Teck Hwa (DAP - Bakri).

Palanivel said as at December last year, the highest forest area that had been gazetted was in Sarawak at 4,336,164ha followed by Sabah (3,609,250ha), Pahang (1,562,902ha), Perak (983,015ha) and Kelantan (623,849ha).