Friday, August 30, 2013

Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor Needs Your Help

Thank you everyone for your support in the past for the Park.  The Park needs your help again.  The DEIA for the East Klang Valley Expressway has been approved. See The Star article.  The DEIA was produced based on the letter issued by the Menteri Besar in Nov 2010, agreeing to the proposal of constructing an expressway through part of the Park.

We are very concerned that the Selangor State Government is not serious about protecting the Park.  

Please Send An Email To The Selangor State Government expressing your concern. So sorry to rush you, but we hope you can do it immediately.
  
Below is a template for you to use for your email.  Please copy the section in blue and paste it into your email to the State.  You can personalise the email as you like.

Send the email TO (you can put them all together in one email, or send separately): khalid@selangor.gov.my  

cc the email to:

krahimah@gmail.com  (YAB’s PA)


Subject:   Concern for the Protection and Conservation of Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor

Y.A.B. Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Khalid Bin Ibrahim and representatives of the Selangor State Government,

I would like to express my grave concern over the current level of protection and conservation of Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor. 

It was announced that the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) for the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) was approved on 25 April 2013 (The Star Online, Friday, 7 June 2013). The DEIA was produced after YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Abdul Khalid issued a letter to Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia in November 2010 (included in the DEIA report), agreeing to the proposal of constructing an expressway through two water catchment forests of the Park.

The project is now in the final stages of approval.  The Environmental Management Plan and other reports will be submitted to the Department of Environment Selangor for their review and approval soon.

I would like to ask the Selangor State Government why the State Government is allowing the construction of an expressway in the forests of Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor that are important water catchment forests?  There has been a public debate for the last few years between the federal government and Selangor State government regarding a pending water crisis for Selangor, KL and Putrajaya. 

Seeing that the State’s water supply is so critical, why jeopardise it by constructing a highway through important catchment forest and face the risks of Selangor:
      not being able to meet its water demands
      losing potential investments due to concerns on the ability of the state to supply sufficient water

At the same time billions are being spent to bring water from Pahang The Pahang Selangor Raw Water Transfer Project.  This does not make economic sense.

Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor plays a critical role in supporting the economic and social well being of Selangor.   As a ‘protected area’ the Park should not be threatened by development such as expressways.  The State Government should be insisting that the Park remain intact, so that it can continue to support the needs of the state.

I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely

(Your Name)


3 comments:

  1. We should also send the objection to the PM, the ruler....call the TV3 to highlight this issue. Make it vastly spread to all media channel as well. Come on Malaysia, lets put our effort together to save our forest.

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    1. Dear Positivo
      Thank you for your concern for the Park and your feedback. The EKVE is a project by the federal government. We have alerted the Prime Minister, Chief Minister and other authorities on our concerns for the Park, and the media (Star, Sun & NST) have carried some very detailed articles on the issue, highlighting NGOs and residents' concerns.
      We are asking everyone to email the Menteri Besar of Selangor and ADUNs because the EKVE can only go ahead with the approval from the state government before there can be any construction, as the expressway will be built on state land (i.e. the Park).
      We appreciate your enthusiasm. You can email us directly at treateveryenvironmentspecial@gmail.com and we can discuss further how you can help in this effort to protect the Park.

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