—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.
—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:
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.