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Forest logging zones in Malaysia to be converted for oil palm

The government of Terengganu, a state in peninsular Malaysia, will clear forests along its border to establish oil palm plantations, reports Malaysian state media.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, chief minister of the state, said converting the forest area to plantations would help stymie illegal logging in the area bordering the states of Pahang and Kelantan. It wasn’t immediately clear how much forest would be converted, but Bernama quoted Said as saying, “We found that of the 500 acres of logging areas awarded, some 200 acres had been illegally logged.”

He also said the state government would “gazette 30,000 hectares of logging areas as forest reserve to prevent development,” according to Bernama.

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