Thursday, April 9, 2015

What is the Fate of Our Water Catchment Forest?

Over the past few years, over 16,000 people have spoken up for the protection of Taman
The beautiful Ampang Forest Reserve
- part of Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor
Warisan Negeri Selangor, through the “Stop the EVKE Cutting Through the Selangor State Park” campaign.  However, the status of the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) and the Park remains unclear to the public.

While the DEIA for Phase 2, from Ukay Perdana interchange to the Karak interchange, was not approved, both phase 1 and 2 of the EKVE appears in the landuse section of the  “Laporan Tinjauan Kajian Rancangan Struktur Negeri Selangor 2035” (RSN 2035) and the ‘Proposed Amendments to the Rancangan Tempatan Ampang Jaya 2020’ (RTMPAJ 2020), despite the on-going objections from the public.  Furthermore, it was announced in February this year that EKVE Sdn Bhd. has received approval from the federal government to start work on the construction of the EKVE, with immediate effect.

Has the Selangor State Government agreed to degazette parts of the Ampang Forest Reserve to make way for the construction?  Before the area can be degazetted, there are 2 provisions under the National Forestry Act that need to be satisfied:

1. Is the area no longer needed for the purpose it was serving? 
2. Is the new land-use purpose of higher economic value than the current land use (i.e. water catchment)? 

The water crisis in early 2014 and the floods at the end of 2014 where deforestation played a big role, have both illustrated the importance of conserving our forests. With the state gazetting mining pools and river buffer zones for water catchment, it is hard to believe Selangor State Government can justify that the Ampang and Ulu Gombak forest reserves are no longer needed as ‘water catchment’ forests.  Also, there has been no independent economic evaluation of the ecological services this area provides – water catchment, clean air, protecting biodiversity, flood control, etc., to justify if the EVKE will be of higher economic value than the forest itself.

Furthermore, according to quotes by YB Tony Pua, conditions have been set out by the
Is this the fate of our water catchment forest?
Menteri Besar and the Selangor State Government before any new highway can be built in Selangor, including traffic impact studies, full transparency on the rate of return of the highway and the full disclosure of the concession agreement to the public.  Have these conditions been met with regards to the EKVE, as it would also be a 'new highway'?

The public, NGOs and resident groups have been voicing our objections to the EKVE cutting through the Park and jeopardising our water security at the recent
public hearings relating to the RSN 2035 and the RTMPAJ 2020.  But to date, we have not heard anything regarding the status of the expressway which will cut through pristine water catchment forests of Taman Warisan.   Will we only know the fate of our natural heritage when the bulldozers arrive?



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy 8th Anniversary Taman Warisan!










Thank you so much for all your support.  We have some good news, and some not so good news.  The good news is that Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor is celebrating its 8th anniversary since it was gazetted on 25 January 2007.  The not so good news is that in the recent Laporan Tinjauan Kajian Rancangan Struktur Negeri Selangor 2035 (Review of Selangor Structure Plans 2035), there is almost NO mention of the Park throughout the entire report.

So we are asking our good friends to help send a 'Happy Anniversary' message to the MB, to remind him that this wonderful Park does exist.


Can you copy the message below in blue, along with the image in this post, and email it to the MB, his assistant, and the Director of the Selangor Forestry Department?

The Park and the creatures that live in it are very, very grateful.

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Email Address:   azminali@selangor.gov.my   khalmiah@selangor.gov.my    puat@forestry.gov.my        


Subject:  Happy 8th Anniversary to Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor!

YAB Dato’ Menteri Besar,

It has been 8 years since the Selangor State Government gazetted the Selangor State Park, or Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor, as a ‘state park’ under the National Forestry Act Selangor Enactment, on 25 Jan. 2007.

We would like to express our thanks to the Park, for all the resources it provides to us, including clean water, fresh air, flood control and a home to a vast number of animals and plants, including the magnificent Klang Gates Quartz Ridge.

We would also like to express our thanks to the Selangor State Government and the Selangor Forestry Department, for recognizing the important role this forest plays and making it one of the largest ‘protected areas’ in Peninsula Malaysia.

Without this Park, we cannot have the economic development and quality of life in Selangor that we enjoy now.


Thank you, Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor for protecting us.  Thank you, Selangor State Government, for protecting the Park.  Please keep this area for the future!


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Selangor Structure Plan 2035 - Public Feedback Wanted

The Selangor State Government has recently released the Laporan Tinjauan Kajian Rancangan Struktur Negeri Selangor 2035 (Survey Report for Selangor Structure Plan)
2035.  

The State Government would like the public's feedback on the information provided in the Plan.  The public has until 31 Jan 2015 to send in your comments. 

You can access the Plan online:
http://jpbdselangor.gov.my/ms/muat-turun/laporan/rancangan-struktur-negeri-rsn-1.html


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 : http://jpbdselangor.gov.my/en/
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 : http://jpbdselangor.gov.my/ms/muat-turun/laporan/rancangan-struktur-negeri-rsn-1.html
7.  Click on the Laporan Tinjauan Kajian Rancangan Struktur Negeri Selangor 2035, and then click to download the individual chapter.


You can go to JPBD Selangor's office in Shah Alam to collect the feedback form.  

Or you can download an app to submit your feedback:
- for the android based smart phones, download 'selangor 2035' via google play.
- for iphone, download 'SELANGOR 2035' via the appstore link https://appsto.re/my/22Sh3.i 
These can be used to send your feedback as well as to receive updates on the Report.  However, it may be a bit tedious to type your feedback on the RSN2035 via your smartphone.

Contact information for JPBD is:

TKT 15-18 Bangunan Darul Ehsan,
No.3 Jalan Indah, Seksyen 14 Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan
MALAYSIA 40646

Feedback Forms - download these forms to send to JPBD Selangor.  You can type your feedback as a Word.Doc and attach the pages to this form, instead of typing or handwriting on page 3 of this form.  Send your forms to the address above.