Saturday, February 20, 2010

Threat of KL Outer Ring Road on the Park

Based on information in the Draft Local Plan for Ampang Jaya 2020, the proposed KL Outer Ring Road (KLORR) highway will cut through the middle of the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge and the western section of the Ampang Forest Reserve.

It is understandable that there is a need to relieve the traffic on the middle ring road-Jln Ulu Kelang. However, cutting through the middle of the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge - a world class geological site that is over a 100 million years old - as well as through the Ampang Forest Reserve does not seem to be a sustainable solution.

Residents of Ampang and Taman Melawati, as well as NGO's such as TrEES and MNS, have been objecting to the placement of the KLORR since we first read of the proposed road in the Draft Structure Plans for Ampang in 1998. There needs for a more sustainable, better thought-out solution to the never-ending traffic problem of Kuala Lumpur, than simply building new highways. Especially when these highways will cut through protected Park areas which are unique and irreplaceable habitats.

It seems that the KLORR may be a raised highway, that will run along the Klang Gates Reservoir's edge, and then cut through the middle of the Klang Gates Ridge, just a the side of the dam (see photo of likely affected area).

This appears to be nearly the same spot that the former DPM and Selangor CM declared the Park back in 2005 (see photo of Declaration). If the highway continues, it will be a terrible tragedy.

Please send a letter-fax or e-mail to the Prime Minister, members of the Federal Government, as well as to the Selangor Chief Minister, to voice your concern. Please ask what has happened to the Declaration, and to please stop the KLORR highway from cutting through Taman Negeri Selangor.

Please do it TODAY!

YAB Dato' Sri Mohd. Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak
Perdana Menteri
Pejabat Perdana Menteri
Bangunan Perdana Putra
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62502 Putrajaya
Tel: 8888-1960 press"0"
Fax: 8888-3444

YAB Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin Bin Mohd Yassin
Timbalan Perdana Menteri merangkap Menteri Pelajaran
Pejabat Timbalan Perdana Menteri
Aras4, Blok Barat, Bangunan Perdana Putra
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62502 Putrajaya
Tel: 8888-1950
Fax: 8888-3430

YB Dato' Shaziman Bin Abu Mansor
Menteri Kerja Raya
Kementerian Kerja Raya
Tingkat 5, Blok A, Kompleks Kerja Raya,
Jalan Sultan Salahuddin
50580 KL
Tel: 03-2711-1100
Fax: 03-2711-3288

YAB Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Khalid bin Ibrahim
Menteri Besar Selangor
Pejabat Menteri Besar Selangor
Tingkat 21, Bangunan SSAAS
40502 Shah Alam
Tel: 5544-7031
Fax: 5519-0032

Please take action TODAY!

Need to Complete Gazettement of the Park

In August 2005, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, together with the Chief Minister of Selangor, stood in the shadows of the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge and declared the establishment of the Selangor State Park. The Park will be a total of just over 108,000 hectares once it is fully gazetted.

The first phase of the Park was officially gazetted on 25 January 2007. On that date, 91,144 ha was gazetted as a 'state park' under the National Forestry Act, Selangor Enactment 2005. However, the remaining areas, including the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge, remains to be gazetted.

To date, Taman Negeri Selangor consists of the Hulu Gombak, Ampang, Ampang Pecah, Hulu Langat, Sungai Lalang, Gading, Hulu Selangor, Semangkok, Bukit Kutu, Batang Kali and Serendah Permanent Forest Reserves, which have been gazetted as 'state park'.

Still remaining to be gazetted are additional areas to Semangkok, Hulu Gombak Forest Reserves, as well as the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge and Templer Forest Reserve. The gazettement of these areas is underway.

However, it never hurts to remind the State Government that the people want to see the remaining areas gazetted under Taman Negeri Selangor, and gazetted quickly. Please send a letter to the Chief Minister of Selangor, expressing your interest to see the remaining areas gazetted quickly, and for the continued sustainable management of the entire Selangor State Park.

YAB Tan Sri Dato' Abd Khalid Bin Ibrahim
Menteri Besar Selangor
Pejabat Menteri Besar Selangor
Tingat 21, Bangunan Sultan Salehuddin Abdul Aziz Shah
40503 Shah Alam

The pressures of development on the Park are great. Every little effort that each person makes really does makes a big difference! Please send a letter today!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Students Spread the Message

After visiting TNS, students went back to their schools to spread the message to their class mates about the importance of TNS, and how individuals can help protect the Park.

The students ran all types of fun outreach activities, including performances for the entire school, talks and skits, banner competitions, recycling to reduce waste, campaigns to save water, and how to compost at home.

All in all, the students reached out to an estimated 20,000 of their classmates, teachers, families and friends.

If your school would like to spread the message about Taman Negeri Selangor, please contact
TrEES at:

School Fieldtrips to TNS

Students from 13 schools across the Klang Valley have taken an interest in the beauty and importance of Taman Negeri Selangor. To strengthen the bond between the students and the park, each school sent a bus load of students on a fieldtrip to Sg. Tekala Recreation Forest, TNS.

The students had an exhilarating time hiking through the forest, relaxing in the stream, and creatively expressing their thoughts on TNS.

If your school would like to take part in this programme, please contact TrEES at