The Star, Thursday August 4, 2011
Mangrove land ravaged
By STUART MICHAEL
Photos by SHAHRUL FAZRY ISMAIL
ABOUT 95% of mangrove swamp land along the coastal area in Selangor belong
Selangor Forestry Department assistant director (operations and enforcement)
Mohd Yussainy Md Yusop said the mangrove swamps stretched from Sabak Bernam
right up to Sepang.
³The department only looks after the land which comes under the forest
reserve and the rest is managed by the respective land offices.
Tumbling down: Mangrove trees that were cut at the swamp area in Sepang.
³The owners are not supposed to burn or cut the mangrove trees on their
land,² he said.
He added that the department did not have the authority to do anything if
the owners chopped down the mangrove trees or cleared the land.
³It is sad that natural resources like mangrove swamps are given away to
individuals. Mangrove areas should be protected instead of being developed.
³If a tsunami hits the Selangor coast, the mangrove swamps will act as a
protective barrier against the huge waves.
³Even the eco-system at the mangrove swamp helps fishermen as it acts as a
breeding ground for fish,¹¹ said Yussainy after visiting a clearing of
mangrove swamp in Sepang on Tuesday.
Barren land: Selangor State Forestry Department officers looking at a map of
the area at the site where the mangrove swamp has been cleared.
StarMetro received complaints from environmentalists on the clearing of the
land that occurred a few months ago.
A fisherman, who wants to be known only as Ismail, said he knew the
individuals who owned the land.
³They are high profile people, including one who is a Datuk,² he said.
He added that the Kuala Langat District Council had planned to develop the
The Kuala Langat land office had given out 12 lots to individuals more than
three years ago.
State Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment committee chairman Elizabeth
Wong said she needed to see the evidence before deciding on the next course