He said the operation would also involve the participation of between 200 and 300 members of the Civil Defence Department who would assist the Forestry Department in the replanting of trees in the affected areas.
“The federal and state governments view seriously illegal occupation of land in the Cameron Highlands and will not compromise with farmers who encroached into government land.
“We do not want Cameron Highlands to be like Lojing in Kelantan, which had been cleared so bad that it has affected the climate there, where the place is no longer cold, although it is adjacent to Cameron Highlands,” he said in a statement which was issued here.
Yesterday, he attended a briefing on the operation, known as Op Gading, in the Cameron Highlands.
During the briefing, Shahidan also instructed Cameron Highlands District Officer Datuk A Rahman Hamzah to organise a campaign on the planting of a million trees as soon as possible.