On Friday (10 September), images of forest clearing at Bukit Tabur, Selangor have went viral on social media, with the stakeholders including environmentalist, hikers and residents living nearby strongly objected to the activity.
Selangor Menteri Besar, Amirudin Shari has responded to the matter and claimed that the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) and Gombak district office had not issued any approvals for the development work.
“For your information, the work has nothing to do with the state government and they did not obtain the approval of the local council.” he added.
Meanwhile, the MPAJ has revealed that the piece of land was actually privately owned.
MPAJ President, Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim in a statement said the landowner has cleared the forest without first securing approval.
After realising this illegal deforestation that is currently happening in Bukit Tabur, the state government has ordered the operation to stop at 11 a.m. yesterday (11 September) and have seized an excavator that is being used on-site.
The state government has also placed a stone barricade to prevent heavy vehicles from re-entering the location.
Previously, the Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka), a civil society group, who was dedicated to conserve nature has took to Facebook to share the images of the scene, where a crane was seen near the top of the hill in the middle of tiered clearings close to the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge.
In addition, there were images of garbage being dumped at the forest and it is believed that these were left behind by workers at the site.
Peka in the Facebook post also questioned how a contractor with machinery was able to reach the top of the hill and carry out clearing works when hikers are prevented from venturing there.
“The condition is that hikers cannot go up, but excavators and ‘invisible’ contractors can clear the forest, for what?” Peka said.
Peka then pointed out that this is another example of how enforcement officials can be given a failing mark.
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