Sunday, February 23, 2014

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


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:

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

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21 Feb 2014

Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Selangor                                     Tel:    03-5544-7507

Tingkat 3, Bagunanan SSAAS                                                Fax:   03-5511-9961
40660 Shah Alam                                                                    Email:


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


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 :   

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


  1. Do we need to provide full address?

  2. Yes, it would be best to include your address. TQ for taking action

  3. Stop road-building, and then what? The campaign should propose development alternatives, like the state having its own rail system. You can't just say "Dont do this", you should say "Do this instead." I'm a forest-lover, but I'm unsure if i should support such campaigns, as all you're saying is Object object object. The state needs infra too.
    All the best.

    1. This issue has been going on since years ago. It's probably difficult for those involved to condense so much background information to the public, lest they risk losing the public's attention. It's also up to us to find out more on our own.

      Members of the coalition have previously suggested alternatives, and the Federal/State Government are already putting such alternatives in place, eg the MRT project.

      "The need for the KLORR was based on a report prepared 15 years ago. Since then, the Federal Government has been intensifying efforts to improve and promote the use of public transportation. In August 2013, the Selangor Menteri Besar announced that Selangor planned to increase public transportation ridership of its population from the current 5% to 40% in the future. This month, he announced that Selangor will implement the Transit on Demand plan to minimise movement of vehicles into the city, thus reducing traffic and air pollution. We, therefore, call on the Federal and Selangor Government to review the need for the KLORR in the light that the government is working to improve the public transportation system."

  4. how much of objection.. or how much of letters does it take to stop or make a difference?

    1. As many objections as we possibly can. We can make a difference