CAMERON HIGHLANDS (Bernama) – No more high rise buildings like hotels or condominiums in Cameron Highlands says Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G Palanivel.
“A programme to plant one million trees will be activated. We are discussing with the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro Based Industry and Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water. We do not want high rise buildings in Cameron Highlands,” he told reporters after meeting non-governmental organisations to discuss environmental issues involving Cameron Highlands yesterday.
He said one million trees will be planted in Cameron Highlands, especially hill slopes to reduce soil erosion and avoid landslides.
Palanivel said the programme to plant trees would start in stages for over a three-year period with the cooperation of Persatuan Pencinta Alam Malaysia (MNS), Regional Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands (Reach) and Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam (Peka).
He said the ministry would also acquire 11 plots of land along the river banks of Sungai Bertam, Ringlet, currently owned by individuals, under the Land Acquisition Act 1960, he said.
Palanivel said the land acquisition was to enable works to be carried out in the area, especially to deepen the river, since the government had already allocated RM40 million for the purpose.
Asked about the proposed relocation of residents occupying the river banks and river reserves especially in Lembah Bertam, Ringlet where landslides and mud flood hit the area recently, and the refusal of residents to move to a new area, Palanivel said it was the responsibility of the state government to take the necessary steps.