Penang Hills Watch Meeting with CM Chow Kon Yeow, State Executive Councillor for Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee

On 4 May 2017, Penang Forum-Penang Hills Watch members met with YB Chow Kon Yeow, state executive councillor for local government, traffic management and flood mitigation, Penang Island City Council (MBPP) engineering director Ir Addnan Mohd Razali and Penang State Forestry Department director Tuan Rusli Tahir to seek clarification on hill clearing cases which were reported.

Round table meeting held in KOMTAR between PHW, MBPP and councilors

At the meeting, the State Forestry Department informed about the use of the department’s Forest Monitoring using Remote Sensing (FMRS) system, and Penang Forum-Penang Hills Watch emphasized the merit in complementing remote monitoring with the kinds of field observations that the Penang Hills Watch is able to track, particularly where clearing activities are not so clearly detectable from the air. Penang Forum-Penang Hills Watch expressed appreciation for the prompt action taken by the Penang State Forestry Department in liaison with other state departments to investigate a series of reported clearing activities happening on the slopes of Bukit Laksamana in Mukim Teluk Bahang

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