TAWAU: Sabah will face environmental issues that are worrying if highland slope exploration for group farming activities is not controlled more effectively.

Sabah Department of Environmental Protection (EPD) director Mohd Yusrie Abdullah on Monday said highland slope exploration had not only caused landslides but also river pollution.

According to Mohd Yusri, large-scale highland exploration or development is not an issue as it is required to be referred to EPD in advance for approval.

“What we cannot control is when it involves group farming of 15-acre per person and if there are 20 people it will come up to 300 acres,” he said.

“So imagine 300 acres being cultivated with unbridled farming, it is even more alarming when they use machinery to carry out their agricultural activities in the area,” Mohd Yusrie said.

Mohd Yusrie said this when met after the EE Race Environmental Education Programme for Principals and Headmasters at a hotel here which was officiated by Deputy Chief Minister cum Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew.

“Something needs to be done to control exploration or development activities at high-slope areas that are not subject to the law, to maintain a safer and more secure ecosystem,” he said.

Thirty principals and headmasters around Tawau participated in the two-day programme aimed at providing knowledge and awareness on environmental issues.

Source: http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/30846

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