A check with the orang asli living in one of the nearby settlements confirmed that clearing began some two weeks ago.
Many of the residents were unhappy with the plan to clear the land as logging would pollute the river and worsen human-wildlife conflict.
Belum forest is a protected and gazetted area, says Perak MB
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir has ordered an in-depth probe into ongoing activities to clear some 74ha of land within the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex (BTFC) wildlife corridor.
The land clearing being carried out is supposedly to make way for an oil palm plantation, a move which environment and wildlife experts warn could be perilous for wildlife in the area.
The Perak State Agriculture Development Corporation (SADC) denied knowledge of any oil palm plantation development plan despite being named the land owner of that area.