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Monday October 7, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday October 7, 2013 MYT 8:49:09 AM
by steven daniel
Call to drop plan: Members of residents’ associations and NGOs holding up placards during the protest in front of the Selayang Municipal Council headquarters recently.
MEMBERS of several residents’ associations and non-governmental organisations held a protest outside the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) headquarters recently against the proposed development at Templer Park.
The protest was led by Templer Baiduri Residents’ Association chairman Datuk Mukthar Ismail.
About 20 people held placards denouncing the proposed development, under the watchful eyes of the police.
Mukthar said Templer Park was declared a nature sanctuary in 1954 by then Sultan of Selangor Tuanku Hishamuddin Alam Shah Al Haj.
“Templer Park now has two golf courses and natural recreation areas near the Kanching and Taman Rimba waterfalls for the residents and tourists to enjoy.
“However, the decision by MPS to allow the land to be sold for development to a developer for RM200mil goes against this” he said.
He added that the estimated land area that the developer planned to acquire and eventually develop was about 78ha, and located near the two waterfalls.
He said the Templer Park area was a natural water catchment area and any development would cause serious damage to the eco-system and the waterfalls.
“About 50,000 visitors, half of them foreigners, come here every month to enjoy the waterfalls and the scenic sights,” he said.
He added that the area was gazetted, with no development to take place for 30 years until 2020.
“Why then is MPS allowing development before the period is up?”
During the 30-minute protest, Mukthar handed over a memorandum to MPS assistant secretary Azhar Samsuri, who accepted it on behalf of president Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain.
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