Manjung council issues stop-work order on sand mining at turtle landing site

IPOH: The Manjung Municipal Council has issued a stop-work order to a sand mining project believed to be carried out at a turtle landing site in Tanjung Gemuk, Pantai Pasir Panjang in Manjung.

Council president Syamsul Hazeman Md Salleh said the mining licence and rock material extraction permit for the project were issued by the Land and Mines office.

“Until now, the council has not received an official application involving earthworks,” he said when contacted on Sunday (Jan 2) night.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia posted several photos of the area, which is said to be a level one environmental sensitive area, on its Twitter account.

A level one environmental sensitive area refers to one where any type of development activities are not allowed except for controlled tourism and research as stipulated in the National Physical Plan as well as the Local Plan.

“The Perak government has made it clear to gazette this area as protected under the Perak State Structural Plan 2040. For many years, commitment to protecting this area has been given,” it tweeted.

It also alleged that thugs who were hired to guard the area would scold and chase away villagers who approached, adding that it was completely shut off from public access.

Perak Department of Environment director Rosli Zul when contacted said the department would look into the matter before taking further action. – Bernama