Monday, July 16, 2012
Nature lovers do their bit for Bukit Kiara
Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/16/nation/11669378&sec=nation (By VIJENTHI NAIR, photos By RAYMOND OOI, 16/7/2012)
: Nature lovers walked the talk by
turning up in large numbers at Bukit Kiara to call for the green lung to be
gazetted. Signatures were also collected for a petition during the one hour
walk organised by the Friends of Bukit Kiara at 8am yesterday. The petition,
among others, wants a stop to all construction work at Bukit Kiara. It will be
submitted to Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee
Heung. KUALA LUMPUR
In October last year, the National Landscape Department started putting up a 3.5m-high fence along a 4.7km stretch as part of an upgrading project to demarcate the park and increase security for visitors. The construction, which is still ongoing, caused an estimated 3,000 mature trees to be felled, trails to be damaged and has affected water quality in the area.
Selangor Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) chairman Henry Goh said the gazetting was promised by the Federal Territories Ministry back in 2006 and is still pending. “There is a proposal to construct arboretums, buildings and cement lanes, as well as shop lots and a food court within the forest. “We are not against development but it should not be done at the expense of nature,” said Goh, who took part in the walk.
Others included MNS president Prof Dr Maketab Mohamed, Trails Association of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (Traks) president Scott Roberts, Global Environmental Centre (GEC) River Care Programme coordinator Dr K. Kalithasan, The Star group chief editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai and Segambut MP Lim Lip
Chor had earlier explained that clearing work being done at Bukit Kiara was to ensure it stays a green lung reserve. He said the security fencing was built by the Landscape Department to protect the park from illegal encroachment.
He was also quoted as saying the paths were cleared to bring the equipment and material for the fencing. However, some residents had expressed concern that the clearing work was a prelude to commercial development.Related news: Construction works in Bukit Kiara causing much damage to the hill http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/7/16/central/11668920&sec=central