12 Jul 2013 11:19

Meanwhile, to a question from Datuk Md Sohaimi Mohamed Shah (BN-Sungai Lembing) on the issue of deforestation in the state, Adnan said the state government viewed this seriously, particularly in sensitive areas like the Cameron Highlands.

He said action was taken from time to time against those found to be clearing forests illegally under the National Forestry Act 1984 and Land Rehabilitation Act 1960 but a lack of manpower and hostile terrian hampered effective enforcement.

To another question from Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji (DAP-Mentakab), Adnan said currently there were more than 130,000 registered foreign workers in the state mainly in the plantation, construction and domestic help sectors.

Meanwhile, state Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin in his winding up speech said the state government planned to come up with more tourism products to attract visitors to Pahang.

He said among them were harnessing the tourism potential of Merapoh which had more than 500 caves besides being an entry point to Taman Negara.

Another was Gunong Benom, which he said could be developed into another Cameron Highlands, the highly popular mountain resort in the state bordering Perak and Kelantan.