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COMMENT | Compromise solution between greed, conservation

COMMENT | It's hard to get people to care about protecting forests because we Malaysians seem fixated over racial issues like KK Mart socks and bak kut teh.

But I will try anyway.

Now, what would you say if “good guy reformers” don't change the old wrongs of the “bad guys”? I'm not talking about election promises by Pakatan Harapan to abolish oppressive laws like the Sedition Act.

I'm referring to stripping the Bukit Cherakah Forest Reserve (degazetting) of its protected status. This was done by the former Selangor state government 24 years ago under then Umno menteri besar Mohd Khir Toyo (he was later jailed for the infamous “bungalow scandal” ).

Large swaths of forests were given to four “friendly” companies, which had some “directors” who were not even adults...

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