Monday, October 1, 2007

Husam: Info on Lojing not withheld

The Kelantan Government has denied that it withheld information on earthworks at Lojing Highlands.

State Finance Planning Committee chairman Datuk Husam Musa said the state government never ordered the forestry department to withhold any information on the matter.

He also refuted that the state government gave such directive to anyone.

He claimed that the forestry authorities had given a three-page explanation to the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry following a request by its parliamentary secretary Datuk Sazmi Meah.

He suggested that, perhaps, Sazmi forgot to pass the letter to minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid.

“The good minister should check his facts before hitting out at the state,” said Husam, referring to the allegation by Khalid that the state government had withheld information on the highland earthworks.

“We have no intention of hiding anything,” Husam told a press conference here, challenging Azmi to prove that the state government had instructed the state forestry department to withhold information.

On the gazetting of Lojing Highlands, Husam said the legislation conceived in the 1990s was outdated.

“The issue is of enforcement and not of legislation,” he said.

Husam said the Department of Environment (DOE) had indicated its intention to act against two companies that allegedly flouted the environmental impact assessment specifications.

“This shows there is adequate enforcement.

“But why did the DOE not act earlier and instead blame the state?” he asked. (Malaysia Today)


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