Recently, a call to stop the state government from de-gazetting the Bikam Forest Reserve in Bidor for oil palm plantation. The forest is very important in Peninsular Malaysia for housing the rare and critically endangered tree that is known as the Keruing Paya (Dipterocarpus coriaceus). This species of tree is endemic to the Greater Sundas and is only found in restricted region in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and Borneo. In Peninsular Malaysia, this is the last known site for this species, that is now listed by IUCN as a globally “Critically Endangered” species.
Shortly after such a call to save the tree had been issued, we soon heard the inevitable news that it had been too late even when the call had been initiated because there we no Keruing Paya left in the remaining parts of Bikam Forest Reserve, according to a site inspection by a team of FRIM officers, led by forest botany expert Dr Lilian Chua.
This valuable endemic species is known to have high value for timber but it is now gone and nothing can be done to revert what had been done and we had to sadly accepted that the Keruing Paya is now officially extinct in Peninsular Malaysia in Jul 2013 following many other plants and animals that had gone extinct along the path of development in Peninsular Malaysia.
We should now just sit back and sob now because this is not the only species that would be fated with extinction, more are upcoming. Now, yet another globally “Critically Endangered” species of Dipterocarp, the Keruing Padi (Dipterocarpus semivastitus) is on its path of extinction as well with the recent decision by the state government to de-gazette both Parit and Chikus Forest Reserves, the only known sites for the tree species in Peninsular Malaysia. These forest reserves are also home to the Black Panthers (Panthera pardus), the impressive Great Argus Pheasant (Argusianus argus) as well as the Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus).
We must act now and stop this preventable extinction right now, you can choose to sign the petition HERE and help to promote this news to your friends. Time is tickling and we are not looking forward to see yet another extinction news hit the headlines.