Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jakarta Post

The letter below was written to the online Jakarta Post recently to rebut the statement saying that Malaysia adopted a stand whereby agricultural plantations are also considered "forests".

Dear Editor,

The statement "...With the decree, the Forestry Ministry is aping several countries such as Malaysia." is totally erroneous. Malaysia NEVER classified oil palm, rubber or cocoa plantations or any other agricultural plantations as forests. There were attempts by some quarters putting signs beside oil palm and rubber plantations especially on the main highways with statements such as "..you are passing through an oil palm/rubber plantation - WE GREEN THE EARTH" but the practice ceased many years ago.

The environmental NGOs in Malaysia, similar to WALHI or Forest Watch Indonesia, would fight any attempts to classify agricultural plantations as natural forests in our country.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maketab Mohamed
Chairman, Malaysian Nature Society, Johor Branch

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Gunung Ledang, 21 February 2010

Gunung Ledang, 21 February 2010
On the Peak of Gunung Ledang after the MNSJ Strategic Planning

Malaysian Nature Society, Johor Branch


I am the present Chairman of the Malaysian Nature Society, Johor Branch (MNSJ) (2010-11) and was duly elected as the President of the Malaysian Nature Society at the 63rd AGM at Taman Rimba Lagenda Ledang, Tangkak on 25th Sept. 2010. It is MNSJ's standing policy to engage directly with the relevant Federal and State agencies/departments on issues related to Nature and the Environment. This non-hostile approach is more effective than the hostile "in your face" attitude but we would have our say if necessary.


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I am an academician in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia situated in the southern state of Johor, Peninsular Malaysia. My fields of expertise are watershed management, water quality and water quality modeling. I did my B. Sc. and M. Sc. at the University of Iowa (1978 - 83) and worked for the Department of Environment (DOE) until 1990, when I joined UTM and later did my PhD in Watershed Science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. I was the Chairman of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Johor from 2006 - 2011. I was the President of the MNS from 2010 to 2014.