Arboretum plan for Ampang Lookout Point

At the Selangor Assembly 

THERE are plans for the Ampang Lookout Point (ALOP) to be developed as the Selangor State Arboretum and Selangor Forest Excellence Centre.

In 2011, the state government ordered the closure of ALOP because of landslides.

In a reply to Razaly Hassan (PAS-Dusun Tua), Selangor Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment committee chairman Elizabeth Wong said the Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES) had decided on Feb 26 that the state would handover ALOP to the Selangor Forestry Department (JPNS) to manage and redevelop in line with the Selangor Forest Management and Development Plan with funds from the state government.

“The JPNS plans to develop ALOP as a Selangor Forest Excellence Centre because of its strategic location and biodiversity.

“The centre will be developed in an integrated manner that includes world-class aspects of administration, training, arboretum, recreational, eco-tourism, research and education.

“If ALOP is developed as a Selangor Forest Excellence Centre, all activities and programmes will be monitored by JPNS, which will be responsible for the administration of all development plans to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors and tourists,” she said.

Wong added that ALOP was a lowland forest at about 260m above sea level.

“It has a high biodiversity with a variety of unique flora and fauna, hence it is suitable to be turned into the Selangor State Arboretum.

“The state is aware of its potential as an eco-tourism site to attract tourists and visitors,” she said.

Razaly also asked about measures to prevent ALOP from becoming a venue for vice activities, to which Wong replied that she believed the redevelopment would reduce such activities.

Meanwhile, Idris Ahmad (PKR-Ijok) highlighted the problem of stray dogs and monkeys in his constituency and wanted to know what action had been taken by the relevant authorities.

Wong said the council had carried out 45 dog-catching operations and successfully caught 330 strays last year.

“Operations to control stray dogs are carried out twice a week, based on complaints received.

“As the council does not have any expertise in controlling the monkey population, the matter has been referred to the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan),” she said.

She said to tackle the problem of monkeys in Selangor, the state government and Selangor Perhilitan had set up traps and organised joint-operations with Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK), residents, Rela, farmers’ associations and other relevant agencies.

“The Selangor Perhilitan has caught 242 monkeys in Ijok in 2014 and 28 in January and February this year.

“We will request for the department to use new methods to catch the monkeys as they are still using conventional ones,” she said.

The state assembly was also told that 291,549 illegal advertisements had been removed since the beginning of 2015.

Topping the list was the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) at 206,807, followed by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) 41,794 and the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) 12,575.

Local Government, New Village Development and Legalising of Factories committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah (DAP-Seri Kembangan) revealed the statistics in reply to Loh Chee Heng (DAP-Teluk Datuk).

“Only MBPJ has LED billboards and the council charges a RM100 licensing fee per metre square,” he said.

Hence it is no surprise that records showed MBPJ had collected the most in licence fees at RM6,732,165.

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