Monday, April 21, 2014

Forest no place for barbed wires

Visitors to Bukit Kiara were appalled to see barbed wire at the park, believed to have been installed by National Landscape Department (JLN) workers recently.
The barbed wire was spotted in at least two locations with one very close to a popular bike trail.
Friends of Bukit Kiara (FoBK) pro-tem chairman Tan Sri Salleh Mohd Nor said it was ridiculous to use barbed wire in a public park.
“Apart from the danger that the wires pose to the public, they also prevent the migration of wild animals in the park.”
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) vice-president Henry Goh said the use of barbed wire in a public park was dangerous.
“The use of concertina razor barbed wire barriers in public parks are banned in some countries. They can cause injury to park users.
“Imagine a cyclist crashing into one of them. Other types of accidents could also occur,” he said.
Goh added that the barbed wire barrier should be removed immediately before any untoward incident occurs.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng also questioned the need for barbed wire. “There is absolutely no need for barbed wire in a forested park because users might be injured by it especially when they are running or cycling in the early hours or late evening or when it rains,” he said, when contacted.
Meanwhile, in a tweet on April 11, via JLN’s official Twitter account @NegaraTaman, the department said: “Barbed wire diletakkan sementara sebelum isu sempadan diselesaikan.” (Barbed wire was placed temporarily while the boundary issue is being resolved).
Attempts to clarify the matter with JLN proved unsuccessful.
Salleh said that the boundary between the government and a private corporation should have been resolved first, before using a safer material to demarcate the border.
Bukit Kiara stakeholders have also long been campaigning for the 188.9ha piece of land to be gazetted as a green lung.
Park users and environmentalists have also been pushing the 3.5m-high fence project along a 4.7km stretch to demarcate the area to be removed.

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