12 January 2016 (Tuesday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) urged visitors to stop open burning as well as littering in FRIM campus, especially in Sg. Kroh Picnic Area.
Recently, the FRIM security personnel encountered a number of cases of open burning and cooking by visitors particularly during weekends. Last weekend alone, four groups were spotted setting up fire for cooking around the waterfall area. In addition, FRIM has also been receiving complaints from other visitors who were upset about the open burning and resultant smoke.
Other than air pollution, burning could affect the health of trees in the area and may lead to forest fire.
Most of the culprits claimed ignorance of the no burning rule.
FRIM would like to highlight that improperly disposed leftover food could attract rats as well as snakes which prey on them in the area. A more serious consequence is the possibility of leptospirosis if the rat infestation is left unchecked.
“We urge all visitors to comply with the FRIM regulations including no open burning or littering in FRIM. The absence of signage and ignorance of the regulations should not be an excuse,” said FRIM Corporate Communication Head Norhayati Nordin.
On another note, severe warnings are also given to FRIM residents who conduct backyard burning especially in the evening. In light of the dry weather forecasted in the coming months, FRIM will be extra diligent in the monitoring of the campus grounds.
The regulations can be viewed via FRIM website: http://www.frim.gov.my/attractions/visitors-guide-in-frim-campus/.