Monday, March 31, 2014

Over 8,200 Residents Object to the Degazettement

In just over 10 days, volunteers and concerned citizens helped the Coalition for the Protection of the Selangor State Park collect 8,260 signatures, demonstrating residents' objection to the proposed degazettement of forest reserves and the alignment of the KLORR-Eastern Route (EKVE) through these forests.
On 27 March 2014, a group of 20 representatives from the Coalition*, together with a representative from the Residents Association of Taman Melawati, gathered at the main lobby of the Bangunan SUK, Shah Alam to hand over the signatures collected to date.
During that handing over event, the Coalition submitted 7,292 signatures together with 207 individual objection letters to the Selangor State Government, objecting to the proposed degazettement of forest reserves and the alignment of the EKVE through these forests.  It was amazing work by everyone involved!
Original copies of the petition and individual letters were submitted to the director of Forestry Selangor, Tuan. Haji Yusoff B. Muda, while copies of the petition and individual letters were submitted to:
Representative from the MB’s office
- Tuan Haji Yasid bin Bidin,
Ketua Setiausaha Sulit Kepada Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor
Representative from YB Elizabeth Wong's office
- Mr Danny Chan
From 28 - 30 March, an additional 968 signatures were submitted to the state government via the Selangor Forestry Department.  Also another 33 individual letters were submitted.  Furthermore, another 200 over individual objection letters were also submitted directly to the state government throughout the objection period, through the Coalition's drive.
The Selangor State Government has given no supporting argument as to why this area should be degazetted, and how these forests are no longer required as forest reserve, water catchment or as state park.  
We sincerely hope that the Selangor State government will hear our objections and NOT degazette our forest reserves. We also hope that both the federal and state governments will seek a better alternative to the current proposed alignment of the KLORR-Eastern Route (EKVE), so that the expressway will not cut through our forests, threatening critical water catchment and rich biodiversity areas.

* The Coalition for the Protection of the Selangor State Park comprises:
Malaysian Nature Society, SOS Selangor, Treat Every Environment Special and WWF Malaysia

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Only YOU can Save the Park - Help Collect Signatures










WE NEED YOUR HELP to get signatures to object against the proposed excision of 106.65 hectares of forest reserves, including part of Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor for the construction of Phase 1 of the EKVE (KLORR-Eastern Route).

Please help us collect signatures using THIS PETITION FORM .

(Help it Spread. Please SHARE this POST. Ask your friends to sign the petition.)

HOW Can YOU Help?
1.  Sign The Peition and Collect Signatures:
The Coalition for the Protection of the Selangor State Park comprising of TrEES, WWF, MNS and SOS Selangor have started a petition to enable the public,  to object against the proposed excision.

2.  Residents in Gombak or Ulu Langat district:
Copy the letter.  Email and fax your signed letter to the Selangor Forestry Department, cc to Menteri Besar and YB Elizabeth, bcc to savetwns@gmail.com.  All government emails are in the attached letter:
SURAT BANTAHAN dalam Bahasa Malaysia
OBJECTION LETTER  in English

The signed petition forms have to be returned to the coalition before Friday, 21 March 2014. 
These forms will be compiled for submission to the Selangor State Government. The signed petition forms can be sent by hand or by express pos/pos laju to:

Treat Every Environment Special                OR           Malaysian Nature Society
No. 72, Jalan SS4/10                                                     JKR 641, Jalan Kelantan
47301 Petaling Jaya                                                       Bkt Persekutuan, 50480 KL
Tel No: 03-7876-9958 (Leela/Christa)                         Tel No: 03-2287-9422 (Balu Perumal)

Please contact us if you have any queries. Please return all signed petition forms before Friday, 21 March 2014.


Remember - Only YOU can help save the Park! 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

URGENT - Send Request for Extension of Objection Period to Forestry Department

STOP the EKVE! 
WE NEED YOUR HELP - PLEASE SHARE THIS POST

For our next step, we urgently need all of you to send a letter to the Selangor Forestry Department requesting:
1.   for a 60 day extension to the objection period and
2.   that all residents of Selangor should be allowed to send in their objections

To help you all, we have developed the template below that all of you can use for this purpose. 

All letters emailed should also be faxed.  Make sure you include your name and address in the letter.  The letters emailed and faxed should also be cc to the MB and YB Elizabeth Wong.  So that we can help better push the cause, please bcc any email to:  savetwns@gmail.com

As we are short of time, please send your letters immediately.

Thank you again everyone for sharing our posts, for your feedback and support. 
               
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21 Feb 2014

Pengarah
Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Selangor                                     Tel:    03-5544-7507

Tingkat 3, Bagunanan SSAAS                                                Fax:   03-5511-9961
40660 Shah Alam                                                                    Email:   yusoff@forestry.gov.my

Tuan

RE:   Degazettement of forest reserves - Plan PHN.SEL.(S) 08/3/2 Kit 16 Bil. (1).
-       Request for extension to viewing and objection period
-       Allow all residents of Selangor to participate in this decision
-       Up-load degazettement information and plan on official websites
-       Have a public hearing

I refer to the notice of the plans to degazette sections of the forest reserves. In view of the ecological and economic importance of the area proposed for degazettement, I wish to request that the Selangor Forestry Department on behalf of the Selangor State Government:
1.  Extend the time period for submitting objections by another 60 days (i.e. extend the deadline from 16 March 2014 to 15 May 2014), giving the public 90 days to view the degazettement plan and submit objections.
2.  allow all residents of Selangor to submit objections and not limit this objection process to only those in the Gombak and Hulu Langat districts.  The proposed area for degazettement is an Environmentally Sensitive Area that includes water catchment forests.  The ecological and economic services provided by this area is enjoyed by all residents of Selangor.  As interested parties, all residents of Selangor should be allowed to have their voices heard.

In addition, in line with the Selangor State Government’s calls for greater transparency and democracy, and in line with the age of technology, we request that: 
1.   The proposed degazettement notice and related information be up-loaded on both the Selangor State Government’s and the Selangor Forestry Department’s websites and FB pages, as current news, to provide residents access to the information for the duration of the objection period rather than the notice printed in the classified section of newspapers for only one day. 
2.  The State Government hold a public hearing to hear the stand by the residents of Selangor on the degazettement and development plans.

I look forward to your fast reply to the above, as the timeframe for the current objection period is extremely short.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely

Name:
Address:


cc
Y.A.B. Tan Sri Dato` Seri Abd Khalid Bin Ibrahim
Dato` Menteri Besar Selangor                                             Tel: 03-55141119, 55447013
Pejabat Dato` Menteri Besar Selangor                                Fax: 03-55190032
Tingkat 21, Bangunan SSAAS, 40503 Shah Alam
E-Mail : khalid@selangor.gov.my   

Y.B. Elizabeth Wong
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pelancongan, Hal Ehwal Pengguna Dan Alam Sekitar 
Pejabat Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri Selangor,                  Tel : 03-55447760
Tingkat 2, Bangunan SSAAS  40503 Shah Alam                               Fax: 03-5519-3328
E-Mail: elizabethwong@selangor.gov.my 
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