HC Deb 23 November 1938 vol 341 c1742
31. Sir A. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Government of Pahang proposes to alter the boundaries of the King George V National Park in Malaya by cutting off practically all the low-lying land essential to the well-being of some of the animals which the park is designed to preserve; and whether he will make representations to the Government of Malaya with a view to the preservation of the original boundaries?

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Malcolm MacDonald)

I have ascertained from the High Commissioner that the Government of Pahang have not the intention suggested. The rights of certain Malays which are alleged to have been disturbed by the proposed boundary are under examination, but no substantial, if indeed any, modification of the boundary will be required in that respect.

Sir A. Knox

Would the right hon. Gentleman state the cause of the delay, since the area of this national park was settled as long ago as 1926, and that his predecessor stated, two-and-a-half years ago, that the matter was being actively considered?

Mr. MacDonald

I am considering this matter, and I will communicate with my hon. and gallant Friend.

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