The issue of deforestation involving a waterfall at Segari, Perak which was made viral in social media recently has caught the attention of the Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad.
In a statement dated today (January 18), the state government has directed the State Forestry Department and State Environment Department to perform a comprehensive investigation regarding claims about damages done to the surroundings of Tanjung Batu Waterfall in Segari lately.
“Menteri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc) has also been requested to provide a detailed report about the quarrying activity which was claimed to be the cause of damages in the said area.
“As such, the state government has ordered for any works in progress at the area to cease while waiting for the results of the investigation,” he said.
Referring to a visit by the deputy chairman of Friends of Nature Activists Society (KUASA) to the waterfall which was published in news portals recently, the natural beauty at Tanjung Batu Waterfall has diminished ever since the start of quarrying operations last mid-year.
The project on the 18-hectare site was claimed to have started preliminary works at the entrance to the waterfall.
Information displayed by signboards plopped nearby have shown that the quarry development obtained approval from the state government at a part of Compartment 16 of the Segari Melintang Permanent Forest Reserve (HSK).
The project execution has brought about disappointment from nature lovers due to mismanagement of the forest, subsequently affecting the ecosystem in the said area.