JERANTUT, AUGUST 25 — Sultan Ahmad Shah Environmental Trust (SASET), Pahang State Forestry Department (JPNP), Jerantut District and Land Office (PDTJ), and volunteers managed to plant 700 rare trees in Block A & B, Compartment 50, Hutan Simpan Tekai Tembeling in two day (24 & 25 August 2019) through the Go Green With SASET (GGWS) program in conjunction with Jerantut District International Forest Day Celebration.
GGWS is a tree planting program inspired by Tengku Arif Temenggong Pahang, Tengku Fahd Muad’zam Shah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Mustain Billah since 2011.
Tengku Fahd Muad’zam Shah, who is also the President of SASET, said that for the first time SASET was involved in the cultivation of rare trees in Pahang – usually actively cultivating forest trees – aimed at greening the forest area as well as providing a source of additional income for the locals, especially the Natives People or Aboriginal People of the Negrito and Batek tribes.
“There are 262 Aboriginal villages with a total of 78,636 inhabitants throughout Pahang and in Jerantut alone there are 12 Aboriginal villages with a total of 3,561 inhabitants and it is estimated there are about 900 Indigenous Peoples in Jerantut and Lipis districts.
“With such program, they can enjoy extra income generated by the newly planted rare trees because of the uniqueness of the indigenous of the Negrito and Batek peoples who continue to practice the nomadic traditions that have been passed down through the generations.
“In fact, this minority community is quite synonymous with nature and can only be found in three states in Peninsular Malaysia which is Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu. They are special and a bit left behind because of their lifestyle and customs,” he said.
He also said that the Aboriginal community around Jerantut did not undertake any farming activities and relied solely on forests, rivers and hunting.
“By doing so, we can get closer to nature, and participants are also given the opportunity to learn about the tree species along with the locals.
“SASET committed making the states greener and we hope that this effort will continue to enable more green trees to be grown throughout Pahang to ensure the state’s physical development is in line with nature conservation,” he said.
He added that raising awareness among the people, especially the youth, was a shared responsibility.
“Trees and forests play an important role in reducing the impact of climate change and planting trees is a noble effort we can take to improve the quality of nature.
“Therefore, awareness programs on the importance of nature should be implemented consistently and involve all society,” he said.
Also present were special guests from Indonesia, Sultan Indragiri XXVII Tengku Parameswara Arif and his family, SASET Vice President Dato Aida Jusuf, Head of SASET Campaign Dato Mohammad Ezan Ahmad, Pahang State Forestry Director Dato Dr. Mohd. Hizamri Mohd. Yasin, Jerantut District Officer Tengku Khairul Zahirah Tengku Kamaludin and other department leaders to make the program a successful one.
In addition, 200 volunteers from Muslim Volunteer Malaysia (MVM), Bera and Jerantut Community College, University of Pahang (UMP), Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, DRB HICOM University Of Automotive Malaysia, Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad Temerloh branch and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Temerloh Jaya involved in the 6th GGWS program this year.
About 700 rare trees species of wild durian (durio zibethinus), bruas (garcinia hombroniana), petai (parkia speciosa), kundang rumenia (bouea oppositifolia), sentul (sandoricum koetjape) and kedondong sengkuang (scutinanthe brunnea) were planted within an area of 35,000 square meters.
Until now, SASET has planted 121,012 trees around Pahang Darul Makmur in collaboration with JPNP and other stakeholders including NGOs, corporate and private companies for the next generation.
About Sultan Ahmad Shah Environmental Trust (SASET)
The Sultan Ahmad Shah Environmental Trust (SASET) was formed with a dedicated aim to protect and conserve the vast ecological treasures of Pahang Darul Makmur and provide funds to uplift the socio-economic status of the rural citizens in the state.
Under the stewardship of Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Arif Temengong Pahang Tengku Fahd Mua’adzam Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah DK II, and the support of The Pahang Royal Family, Temenggong Initiative (TI) currently implements a sustainable rural development program that concentrates on the preservation and conservation of Pahang’s natural heritage. TI also strives to educate and train local volunteers to become nature’s advocates known as Temenggong Rangers.
The Trust and Temenggong Initiative believes that the path to success of this endeavor is highly dependent on the close cooperation of stakeholders. Achieving long-term goals requires commitment and dedication. To this end, SASET and TI have garnered support from various local universities and ministries.
Sultan Ahmad Shah Environmental Trust invites you to take part in this journey and become an important partner in our conservation and preservation venture.
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To be locally and internationally-recognized for the conservation and preservation of the environment and the cultural heritage of Pahang, whilst promoting sustainable communities.
To function as a catalyst for the conservation, preservation, rehabilitation, and sustenance of the environment, natural and cultural heritage, as well as improving the livelihood and the quality of life in Pahang.
To provide environmental outreach programs for communities and industry players, to protect the environment and preserve the nature of the state of Pahang, to assist the local community of Pahang by improving the lifestyle through uplifting the socio-economic stature, and to preserve and conserve the heritage of Pahang. For more information please visit our websites www.saset.org.my and follow our social media Saset Pahang on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.