Last week, the Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar (MB), Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah has denied that the recent tiger sightings in Kelantan were due to logging activities in the state which has displaced them.
In a statement, he shared that logging should only be blamed when there are more than 3 tigers per sighting. Unfortunately, this incident later came true when 3 tigers appeared near a village in one go.
Following this, the Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam (KUASA) took to their Twitter page to share a drone shot, proving that there are logging activities happening near where these tiger sightings occurred.
Referring to the photo, KUASA pointed out that Pos Bihai is where an Orang Asli man was recently killed by a tiger, a tiger threat forced a school to remain closed and the 3 tigers being spotted near the village.
“Last week, the MB and Deputy MB of Kelantan said that the tiger attack at Kampung Orang Asli Pos Bihai, Gua Musang that killed a man was not because of logging.”
“The day before yesterday, we went to the scene and took out a drone. There is, indeed, logging near the village”, KUASA wrote in the tweet.
KUASA also voiced out for the villagers who claimed that the location where the logging activities are taking place is home to a big tiger population.
Minggu lepas, MB & TMB Kelantan kata kejadian serangan harimau di Kg Orang Asli Pos Bihai Gua Musang yang telah membunuh seorang lelaki bukan disebabkan pembalakan.— Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam – KUASA (@aktivis_alam) January 16, 2022
Kelmarin kami ke tempat kejadian dan menaikkan drone. Memang terdapat pembalakan tebang habis berdekatan kampung pic.twitter.com/fOsifjR9xm
“Even according to the data, Hutan Simpan Perias (this area) is the largest tiger habitat in Kelantan.”
“Tigers used to be scared of humans, but not anymore. Maybe because they are desperate from losing their habitat.” KUASA added.
In addition, KUASA also shared that the logging activity is done to open a rubber plantation.
“This is evident in the field, not far from the village, that there is a timber share for a logging project for the purpose of opening a TLC rubber plantation of 400 hectares, in Hutan Simpan Perias. Yes, logging is underway,” they said.
Meanwhile, giving some thought to this, do we actually need such projects that bring destruction to the habitat of the critically endangered tigers, while putting human life at risk?
However, it is sad to say that the state government had chosen the wealth-creating projects.
What do you think about the logging activities in Kelantan? Share your thoughts!