Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Gunung Ledang Closed to Campers

Gunung Ledang has been temporarily closed to campers following the death of two Singaporeans over the last week.

Abdul Razak Abdul Hamid, 48, and Mohammad Rohaizam Tumadi, 27, died after trees fell on them on May 20 and May 15 respectively.

State Tourism and Environment committee chairman Freddie Long has advised the Gunung Ledang park authorities not to allow camping until the executive committee discusses the matter tomorrow.

However, he said hikers would still be allowed to climb the mountain.

“We must be careful as such an incident has occurred for the second time,” he told reporters after Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman handed over monetary aid to flood victims in Chaah.

Abdul Ghani said the authorities should find out why the trees fell.

On Saturday, security personnel Abdul Razak was killed when a tree fell on him near Check Point Four following a storm.

On May 15, physical education teacher trainee Mohammad Rohaizam was killed after a tree fell on his tent, also near Check Point Four.

Source : STAR
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