These past few weeks have seen several states in Malaysia experiencing continual rainfall, resulting in floods, evacuations, massive disruptions and destruction, and even loss of life.
In some areas in Sarawak, flooding has become more frequent and intense in recent years, as witnessed by the local communities there.
NGO Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM), which has an office over in Marudi, Sarawak, has also expressed its continued concern over this. It has noted that prior to the large-scale conversion of forests for monoculture plantations, such floods were rather uncommon in the upstream areas of interior Sarawak and believes it is likely they are the environmental consequences of deforestation.
BFM speaks to Shamila Ariffin to discuss the situation over in Sarawak and to help connect the dots to how clear-cutting forests and then turning them into monocultures has harmed the landscape and jeopardised the indigenous communities living there.
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