IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(1): 22-28 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.415

Impediments to Linking Forest Islands to Central Forest Spine in Johor, Malaysia

Agkillah Maniam and Kuppusamy Singaravelloo
Abstract—The National Physical Plan identified the dire need to reenact the links between isolated forest islands to the central forest spine to protect biodiversity of Peninsular Malaysia’s wealth of ecology. With that the peninsula has had its own Central Forest Spine as a milestone documentation aimed at bringing together various players towards achieving the goal, including interplay between state and federal agencies. Despite having documented and approved by the cabinet some years back, little has been achieved so far. While there are some activities that have taken place, the paper explores the predicaments and problems faced in achieving the said goal. Interviews with the senior officers at the respective agencies were the major source of information on this exploratory research. The paper finds there needs to be more concerted efforts by all parties and as such, financial and coordination of plans and activities form the key recommendation of this paper.

Index Terms—Forest administration, central forest spine (CFS), forest fragmentations, administrative action in recreating links and institutional roles.

Agkillah Maniam and Kuppusamy Singaravelloo are with the Department of Administrative Studies and Politics, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (e-mail: agkillah@um.edu.my, kuppusamy_s@um.edu.my).

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Cite: Agkillah Maniam and Kuppusamy Singaravelloo, " Impediments to Linking Forest Islands to Central Forest Spine in Johor, Malaysia," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 22-28, 2015.

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