Kuala Langat forest reserve degazettement on hold

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

SELANGOR Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari has given an assurance to postpone the decision to degazette the Kuala Langat North Reserve Forest (KSKLU) until the state government has completed its consideration and clarification of all issues raised.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) communications director Fahmi Fadzil said the party is satisfied with the assurance after receiving an explanation from MB and Selangor exco Hee Loy Sian in a meeting last night.

He said both PKR members had explained to the party’s political bureau during a meeting on Wednesday night that the decision will be postponed until all issues that have been raised are clarified.

“The Keadilan Political Bureau tonight has received views and explanations from Amiruddin and Hee, regarding the issue of KSKLU’s gazetting.

“The PKR Political Bureau has stressed that decisions need to adhere to a number of basic principles including the importance of caring for the environment; transparent, open governance of the procurement process and evaluation, as well as the impact of KSKLU’s delisting on society at large that needs to be minimised,” he said.

The issue over the degazettement of the forest reserve during Monday’s state assembly sitting on Aug 30, as Hee revealed that the government had agreed in May to degazette 536.7ha of the forest for development.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Amiruddin would be called to explain the state’s decision over the proposed degazettement, which the party leadership had decided last year to cancel.

The newly appointed Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said in a statement yesterday that the ministry and its related agencies had disagreed with the action of gazetting out of the KSKLU.

The formal objections to the state government were made last year, Takiyuddin said.

“It is hoped that the Selangor state government will ensure that forest areas are developed responsibly and taking into account sustainable development practice, including ensuring the adequacy of the buffer zone and all requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment Study Report that has been set are fully complied with,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fahmi said the meeting also raised the issue of the proposed construction of the Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD Link).

He said Amirudin had explained that it is a rebranding of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway project, which is a federal government project that has yet to be approved by the state who owns the land.

“MB has also explained that the PJD Link should conduct a public consultation to obtain a comprehensive view on technical issues and social effects that may arise from this project.

“He assured that the state government has not given any approval regarding PJD Link, and that it must go through a public hearing process again with all stakeholders and should return to the state government for further processes,” he said.