Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Speak Up for Our Open Spaces & Green Lungs

Help take action to stop the conversion of open spaces & green lungs into development projects.  Another community park is under threat from a development project, this time in Putrajaya.   Please send in an objection to the proposal to change the land status from 'open space' to 'development'.  The deadline to submit the objections is this Thursday 15th October 2015.

Here's how you can help:

Step 1
Write an email (sample below):

SUBJECT:  Objection to the proposal to change the land status of “Taman 5, Putrajaya" from 'open space' to 'development.'   

We object to the continued threat and conversion of open spaces & green lungs to development.  Malaysians living in urban areas have insufficient access to open spaces, and yet the limited open spaces & green lungs are under constant threat from developers. As our government and administrative officials, you have an obligation to protect the interests of the people.  You can do this by protecting the few remaining green lungs & opens spaces in urban areas.

We object to the proposal to change the land status of “Taman 5” (next to Alamanda Shopping Centre, Putrajaya) from 'open space' to 'development.'   

This park is gazetted and is used by students of a nearby residential school (Sekolah Alam Shah) as well as by the community.  This green area also acts as a natural drainage for surface water runoff from the nearby precincts of 12, 14 & 15.  This park is also one of the green connectors indicated in the master plan of Putrajaya as well as the Putrajaya Structure Plan 2025 which has been gazetted on 7th March 2014.

To develop this land would mean not just a loss of open space but also disrupt the natural flow of water.  Stop this land conversion.  Protect open spaces & green lungs for the health of the people.

Thank you.

Your name

Step 2:
Notice to change land status posted at the Taman
Send the same email to the following people, using the email addresses given:

1. YB Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor,
Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan,
Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan,

2. Pengarah Tanah Galian Wilayah Persekutuan,
d/a Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan,

3. YBhg. Datuk Hasim bin Ismail,
Presiden Perbadanan Putrajaya,

4. Jabatan Peguam Negara,

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Draft Selangor Structure Plan 2035 - Public Feedback Needed!

If you are concerned about the future plans for the state of Selangor, then you must read and give your feedback on the Draft Rancangan Struktur Negeri Selangor 2035 (Draft Selangor
Structure Plan 2035)

The Draft RSN 2035 is the follow up from the Laporan Tinjauan Kajian Rancangan Struktur Negeri Selangor 2035, that the state released in January 2015.

The State Government would like the public's feedback on the information provided in the Plan.  The public has until 30 September 2015 to send in your comments.

You can access the Plan online:

But in order to view or download the Plan, you must be registered with the Department of Town & Country Planning Selangor (JPBD).  This can be done fairly fast and easily.  Follow these steps:
1.  Go to JPBD home page :  JPBD home pg  

2.  Set up a new account on the right hand side of the page by clicking on "Create an Account"
3.  Check your email, most likely under SPAM, for the reply email from JPBD with the activation link
4.  Click the link in your email, which will take to the JPBD website.
5.  Enter your username and password.  Do NOT fill the 'Security Key', it is not required.
6.  Return to the page :  Draft RSN 2035 download link 

7.  Click on the 
 Draft Rancangan Struktur Negeri Selangor 2035, and then click to download the individual chapter.
8.  Also download the Borang Bantahan which is required for you to submit your comments.

Feedback Forms - download these forms to send to JPBD Selangor.  You can type your feedback as a Word.Doc and attach the pages to the form, instead of typing or handwriting on page 3 of the form.  It appears you can send your Borang Bantahan by post, fax or by email.

Send your forms to JPBD, on or before 30 September 2015:

Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa Negeri Selangor
Tingkat 15-18, Bangunan Darul Ehsan
No.3, Jalan Indah, Seksyen 1440646 Shah AlamSelangor
No. Tel. : 03-55116666
No. Fax : 03-55105051
Website :


Thursday, August 27, 2015

27 August 2015: 10 Years Since the Declaration of the Park

Ten years ago today, 27 August, over 107,000 ha of forest reserves in Selangor were
declared as  ‘Taman Warisan Selangor’ by the then Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia together with the then Chief Minister of Selangor.

It was a momentous occasion, with over 500 members of the public witnessing the event.  Protecting such a large area by the most developed state in the nation is an incredible achievement.  The declaration was held at the foot of the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge, the keystone feature of the Park.

The declaration of the Park was the culmination of the 2 year ‘Project Towards the Establishment of the Selangor State Park’ spear-headed by TrEES and the Town & Country Planning Department of Selangor.

After the declaration, gazettement of the area as ‘state park’ began on 25 January 2007.  As of March 2010, the Selangor State Government has gazetted
over 93,000 ha as ‘State Park’ under the National Forestry Act, Selangor Enactment, with the promise of gazetting the remaining areas of 15,355 ha, in the near future.  The area gazetted includes the magnificent Klang Gates Quartz Ridge.

Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor, or the Selangor State Park, is the third largest park in Peninsular Malaysia after Taman Negara and the Royal Belum State Park.  It is of critical importance to the residents of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, as it protects over 9o% of the water resources for these areas.

It is hoped that the on-going conservation and management of the Park will be a living testament to the State Government’s commitment to sustainable development and environmental protection. 

Being situated so close to a major urban area, there are a number of threats that the Park faces including the construction of the East Klang Valley Expressway, un-regulated tourism activity and illegal clearing and dumping within the Park.  Given the importance of this area, the Selangor State Government must step up its efforts to protect and conserve Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor. 

The health and wealth of all residents in Selangor, KL and Putrajaya depend on this Park.  Let’s all get active and involved in its conservation.