ONE LAST CHANCE to Save the Integrity of the Selangor State Park
The Selangor Forestry Department has announced that 106.65 hectares (ha) of four forest reserves are proposed to be degazetted to make way for the Kuala Lumpur Outer Ring Road (KLORR), also known as the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE). This means 106.65 ha of forests that legally have the “forest reserve” status will lose its status. Some parts of these forests are within the Selangor State Park.
A notice announcing this appeared in the New Straits Times Classified Section on 14 February 2014. Parts of the four forest reserves are the Ulu Langat Forest Reserve, Bukit Sungei Puteh Forest Reserve, Ampang Forest Reserve and Ulu Gombak Forest Reserve. According to the notice, residents living in the Ulu Langat and Gombak districts can voice their objections within 30 days from the day of the notice through written submissions to the Selangor State Forestry Department Director (Gombak district includes Ampang, Ulu Klang, Melawati, Bukit Antarabangsa and Rawang, while the Hulu Langat district covers Kajang, Cheras and Sungai Long).
The degazettement notice also appeared on Selangorkini on the 28 of February and based on this and verification from the State Forestry Dept, the deadline now for submitting the objection letters by 29 March 2014
You Should Be Concerned!
The Ampang Forest Reserve and the Ulu Gombak Forest Reserves are part of the Selangor State Park and important water catchment forests. They form part of the catchment which supplies water to thousands of households and businesses in the Klang Valley. If a road is built in the forest reserve, it will affect the function of the forest reserve as a water catchment. In the future, due to easy access to the forest reserve, illegal encroachment into the forests may take place. Easy access will also make it more attractive for development and in the future, more forests may be cleared to make way for this.
Loss of forests can result in less water flowing into rivers and dams, more flash floods and landslides. The road will also fragment the forest, making it difficult for wildlife to get from one part of the forest patch to another. While the impacts can be mitigated in theory, we will not know how effective it will be in practice and it is a risk NOT worth taking. It is unacceptable for parts of the forests within a park that is protected to lose its legal protection status to make way for roads which will fragment the park.
1. Where can I find a map of the forests that are proposed to be degazetted?
You can view the plan at the Selangor Forestry Director’s Office in Shah Alam or the Selangor Tengah District Forest Office at KM 11 (7th Mile), Jalan Cheras, 43200 Cheras, Selangor.
To view the areas in the Ampang Forest Reserve that will be affected, please click here. (Map courtesy of Lim Teck Wyn)
2. To view a map of the KLORR/EKVE alignment and possible areas in the Selangor State Park that will be affected based on the KLORR/EKVE alignment provided in the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) conducted in 2011, please click here. However, please note that this map was produced by WWF-Malaysia based on the KLORR/EKVE alignment provided in the Detailed Environment Impact Assessment (DEIA) conducted in 2011. Therefore, the alignment and the forest areas affected in the Selangor State Park may differ slightly from the actual areas that are proposed to be degazetted as there may have been changes post DEIA.
a) What can I do about the degazettement?
Write to the Selangor State Forestry Department
Voice your concerns and objections regarding the proposed degazettement to the Selangor State Forestry Department. Provide reasons for your objection. Submit written objections either in Bahasa Malaysia or English by 14 March 2014 to:
Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Selangor
Tingkat 3, Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah
40660 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Here is an example of an Objection Letter.You can cc the letter to the Selangor Menteri Besar and the State EXCO for Environment (Please read on for contact details in the next section)
Important: As this is a formal objection letter, please ensure that your full name and address are included in the letter. Anonymous letters will not be entertained nor counted as an objection.
b) Can I email my objection?
The notice does not provide an email address but based on the Forestry Department’s website, the Director does have an email address: email@example.com
If you want to email the Director (Tuan Haji Yusoff bin Muda), please do also make sure you send a hard copy of your objection to the Selangor Forestry Director’s office. The phone and fax numbers for the department are as follows:
Tel: 03-5544 7507 (ext 7490)
Fax: 03-5511 9961
Note: Four NGOs, Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Save our Sungai Selangor (SOS Selangor), Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES), and WWF-Malaysia, have formed a coalition to protect the Selangor State Park. We would appreciate it if you could send a copy of your letter/ email to the coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we are aware of the number of objection letters that is being sent out.
c) I don’t live in the Ulu Langat or Gombak districts but as a member of the public, I am concerned that forest reserves are being degazetted, especially water catchment forests and forests in a state park. Can I still object?
Based on the notice, objections are limited to those living in the Ulu Langat and Gombak districts. But if you are a concerned citizen, nothing should stop you from voicing your concerns on the proposed forest degazettement to the Selangor State Government.
3. What else can I do to save Selangor State Park?
Apart from writing to the Forestry Director, voice your objection on the KLORR/EKVE cutting through the Selangor State Park to the Selangor Menteri Besar and relevant State EXCO members. This is very important as State governments are the ultimate decision-makers on issues pertaining to forests as forests and land matters come directly under the jurisdiction of the state government. They have the power to reject the proposal for the KLORR/EKVE to cut through the forests and the Selangor State Park. Their contact details are as follows:
Y.A.B Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Abd Khalid bin Ibrahim
Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor
Pejabat Menteri Besar Selangor
Tingkat 21, Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah
40503 Shah Alam
Tel: 03-5544 7013 / 03-5544 7022
Fax: 03-5519 0032
Y.B. Puan Wong Keat Ping @ Elizabeth Wong
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pelancongan, Hal Ehwal Pengguna dan Alam Sekitar
Pejabat Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri Selangor,
Tingkat 2, Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah,
40503 Shah Alam
Tel: 03-5544 7760
Here is an example of a letter to the MB and EXCO.
Please ensure that your name and contact detail (e.g address / email address) are included in the letter. There is a slimmer chance of anonymous letters being taken seriously.
Note: We would appreciate it if you could send a copy of your letter/ email to the Coalition for the Protection of the Selangor State Park at email@example.com so that we are aware of the number of letters/emails that is being sent.
4. Is there anyone else I can write to voice my concerns?
- Yes, you can write to your respective ADUNs if you are a resident of Ampang, Ulu Klang, Melawati, Bukit Antarabangsa, Rawang, Kajang, Cheras and Sungai Long areas. If you have an active Residents’ Association in these areas, bring it to their attention and try to arrange a meeting with your ADUN and the state government to voice your concern. You could also bring it to the media’s attention.
- As the KLORR/EKVE is a Federal government project, you can also write to the Prime Minister or post your concerns regarding this project on his Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/najibrazak). The more letters/emails the State and Federal government representatives get from concerned public, the better will be the impact.
5. Is there anything else I can do?
• You can help create awareness on this matter. Tell your friends and family members and ask them to voice their concern.
• Write to the media. It is simple to also email your concerns which you have voiced to the government to the media.
• Voice your concerns on social media.
- Post this information on your Facebook.
- Tweet about it, if you have a Twitter account.
- Post your concerns on elected representatives’ Facebook account. The Prime Minister, Selangor Menteri Besar and some Selangor State EXCO members have active Facebook accounts. Post your concerns there. Some FB account links are as follows:
Y.A.B. Prime Minister
Y.A.B. Selangor Menteri Besar
Y.B. Selangor State EXCO for Environment
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