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Yoursay: Why is gov’t silent over golf course in forest reserve?

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YOURSAY | ‘When we disregard and destroy nature's gifts, there will be consequences.’

Teeing off in a forest reserve

Fair Malaysian: Have these people no conscience at all? How much more money and wealth will end their greed?

What are they going to leave to Malaysia' future generations?

Are golf courses and hotels reasons enough to destroy the habitat of those living beings that share this earth with us? Tycoon Loy Hean Heong built a business empire, but that did not save him.

When we disregard and destroy nature's gifts, there will be consequences.

By now, Energy, Technology, Science, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin should have thrown enough tantrums to turn this whole episode into a national issue, and should have had the courage to resign to show that she means business.

Does Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar not even have the time to reply to written requests for information?

Former Johor menteri besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin was a disgrace to the people of Johor. It looks more like the present menteri besar is a lame duck. Ah, all the yes-men.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, who has taken issue with the comment of an MP who suggested that a rape victim marry the rapist, seems to have no issue with the plundering of Malaysia's precious gifts.

DAP has always been known to put their foot down when it means 'business', like how it parted with PAS although that may have meant suicidal politics, and we hope that it will not fail us in the way MCA, MIC and Gerakan have failed us. Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall.

A worthy pat on Malaysiakini and the reporter who have at least proved who are true Malaysians.

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Pristine jungle is razed to the ground just to satisfy the greed of some elites.

Forest reserves are degazetted and despoiled without a thought for protected flora and fauna for a fistful of ringgit. Even beautiful islands are not spared.

When will these ever stop? Who are those rich parasites, and when will they be satisfied with the billions, and spare a thought for the natural forest, which they are destroying to satisfy their greed? Shame.

Cogito Ergo Sum: I am stunned by the sheer audacity of this project. If Malaysiakini had not exposed this scandal, no one would know about this erosion of a national forest reserve.

I am even more shocked that the relevant federal ministers are silent and have refused to respond. Yeo had been touted as exemplary in her work but this puts to paid all the earlier propaganda.

The DAP and PKR ministers are just as bad or worse than their Umno-BN predecessors. We need a third force in GE15.

Spratlys: This is just the tip of the iceberg for Johor, where deep-pocketed ultra-rich developers from China such as R&F, Greenland, Hao Yuan, MCC, Country Garden, et cetera are anchored permanently with an extremely massive land bank.

The federal government should conduct an in-depth study to ascertain if such massive developments are sustainable, especially with the tight capital control imposed in China due to the ongoing trade war between the US and China.

We are talking about a few hundred billions of ringgit of developments in Johor. It’s like building a ghost city.

The federal government should investigate how sales have stalled at Forest City, how many units have actually been sold and how many inked sale and purchase agreements without forthcoming payments from China.

One just needs to drive down to Johor over the weekend to witness with your own eyes the massive mind-boggling developments in Johor. 

It makes one wonder: Are we witnessing the making of Asean’s biggest property bubble? It just does not make sense and certainly is not sustainable.

AdiChan: This is extremely sad and alarming. A national disaster, no less. Malaysiakini, please get to the bottom of this. There has to be some federal oversight of all land use, even of state land.

People with vested interests, no matter what colour, should not be able to change land use classifications willy-nilly.

NuckinFuts: Replacing hundreds of thousands of plant species with just one species of grass.

Mangroves and trees filter rainwater and slow down water erosion in coastal areas.

Golf resorts just leak tonnes of chemicals and fertilisers into our aquifers. There's nothing more environmentally destructive than having golf courses in such locations.

I guess our government isn’t going to be happy until all our country's natural wealth is squandered and destroyed.

Fair-minded Senior Citizen: It is obvious that this kind of plunder cannot go on. Once again, the unbridled authority on certain aspects of land must be brought back from medieval times to more democratic tunes.

Hence, the constitution should be changed to rein in greed and theft of people’s rights. It is not too late to get these matters on a proper footing. Good show, Malaysiakini.

Anonymous_42d5b9b8: The clearing of forest reserves is for the short-term benefit of those who are already rich, and the greedy few. To hell with the long-term destruction to the environment and the effect of global warming on future generations.

To Malaysiakini and NGOs like the Organisation for the Preservation of Natural Heritage (Peka) – please keep up the noble work of highlighting the destruction of our depleting forest reserves, and name and shame the greedy parties.

The sad thing is that the money all goes towards feeding the leeches’ insatiable thirst for Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, luxury homes, personal jets, sports cars, polo horses, and private concerts by their favourite international artists, to name a few.

Ocean Master: This is exactly why I will continue to subscribe to Malaysiakini. I will save the comments on the report for later as I need to let the findings sink in.

Malaysiakini, you have opened up a Pandora’s box. There is much to be understood, debated and acted upon. Provide your journalists with good security and protection for their safety.

Sungkai: Thank you, Malaysiakini for the detailed report. I salute you for having no fear or favour, unlike the politicians, whose stands change once elected.

You really fight for the interest of the rakyat. Thank you.

Khafir_Pendatang: Excellent reporting by Malaysiakini. More of this type of journalism is required, now more than ever.

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