A total of 56 hikers were detained on Saturday (25 September) for entering the Setinggi waterfall area near Hulu Selangor without a permit, said the Selangor forestry department.
According to Harian Metro, Selangor Forestry Department director Datuk Ahmad Fadzil Abdul Majid said the operation was carried out by a team of officials and staff members from the Hulu Selangor district forestry office along with the police.
The hikers who were being detained for entering the waterfall area aged between 19 to 33 year-old.
Ahmad Fadzil said the operation was carried out after they received complaints from the fellow residents in the area.
According to the complaints, he said that the hikers had allegedly trespassed the area without a valid permit and would pass by their private properties.
“Residents also claimed that visitors disrupted their daily lives by parking their vehicles on the side of the road, damaging water pipes and rubbish bins, as well as leaving trash everywhere.” he added.
Nonetheless, the hikers were taken to Kuala Kubu Bharu police station for further action.
Ahmad Fadzil said the Selangor Forestry Department has yet to issue permits for hiking or other recreational activities under Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
In addition, he also said that entering a permanent forest reserve without a valid permit is a violation under the National Forestry Act 1984.
“The public is expected to abide by the existing rules. Any inquiries and complaints can be referred to the Selangor Forestry Department or the district forest offices.” he noted.