Kelantan Forestry Dept to appoint Orang Asli as informers
The Kelantan Forestry Department will appoint Orang Asli as informers in its effort to tackle illegal logging activities, said its director, Datuk Zahari Ibrahim, yesterday.
Zahari said illegal logging and encroachment on state forest reserves were rampant despite efforts to curb the activities.
He said these activities were detected in the remote areas near the Orang Asli settlement in Gua Musang.
To solve this problem, he said, the department would introduce measures, such as selecting several Orang Asli to become the department’s informers.
“We will appoint several Orang Asli to help us.
“They will act as our ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’, and will inform us if they know of such activities.
“The department will issue a special permit called ‘minor permit’ to the Orang Asli to enable them to carry out forest activities such as cutting bamboos for their livelihood.”
Zahari said the department would direct loggers to provide facilities like water tanks or even assistance to the Orang Asli especially those affected by the illegal activities.
“From now on, for any issues related to the Orang Asli, the department will discuss them with a special committee that was set up recently among their village heads.”
He said all this would, however, only be implemented after the department had brought the issue to the state government.
“Once approved, we will implement them.”
Datuk Zahari Ibrahim