On the 28th of June 2016 Sahabat Alam Malaysia organised a round table discussion on “Governance and Deforestation”. attended by many different environmental groups, to discuss issues regarding rapid and illegal deforestation in Malaysia primarily concerning Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak. Representatives of the orang asal from the areas directly affected were present as well.
Forestry statistics were discussed. Rubber tree plantation and logging farms being categorized as Forests Reserves (Hutan Simpanan) even though they technically aren’t. The destruction caused by the 75 current dams in the whole of Malaysia and the destruction that will be caused by the planned dams. The destruction and ill handling off those relocated at Murum dam were brought up. The current relocation system for the orang asal affected are not good enough and are resulting in innocents suffering from lack of proper resources and infrastructure.
The attendees agreed to draft and work on a referendum to be sent to the government in regards to these issues primarily in restructuring the laws in regards to forest reserves.