The Straits Times
Published on Oct 13, 2012

Air patrols return to fight illegal land clearing in peninsular Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Air surveillance will resume in peninsular Malaysia in the light of recent media reports of rampant land clearing, illegal logging and forest encroachment, according to the government.

The Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas, said the Government was serious about tackling these issues which had a negative environmental impact on Malaysia's forests and biodiversity.

"The Cabinet has decided to approve an allocation to the ministry to carry out air surveillance in peninsular Malaysia," he told The Star on Friday.

The ministry's departments and agencies, including the Department of Environment (DOE) and Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan), would cooperate in carrying out monitoring and enforcement activities through air surveillance, said Mr Uggah.