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Malaysians Bewildered By ‘Missing’ Forest Near Pahang Forest Department

Malaysians Bewildered By ‘Missing’ Forest Near Pahang Forest Department

The surrounding area was said to be home to gibbons and other wildlife.

Akmal Hakim

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Laugh or cry, Malaysians were bewildered by a ‘missing’ patch of forest supposedly near the Kuantan District Forest Department in Pahang.

Images circulating online point to the irony of how a small hillside apparently located next to the department’s office building and in the middle of Pahang’s state capital, laid barren and devoid of trees.

Coming in with more deets, social media detectives also provided the most recent satellite images of the area taken from Google Maps as evidence to the extent of the deforestation there.

(Credit: Google Maps)

Besides voicing concern over the situation, netizens claiming to be familiar with the area also noted how wildlife such as gibbons makes the forests there their home.

Are we losing our forests?

A 2020 report by the Global Forest Watch organisation revealed that Malaysia has lost over 17% of our remaining forests in just as little as 10 years.

A year earlier, a report by Mangabay claimed that the country has the world’s highest deforestation rate between 2000 and 2012 – losing more than 47,278 square kilometres of forests in that period of time.


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