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Illegally closed hiking trail now open


A scenic view of the reservoir in Taman Tun Abdul Razak. —filepic

A scenic view of the reservoir in Taman Tun Abdul Razak. —filepic

A POPULAR hiking trail in Taman Tun Abdul Razak, Ampang that was illegally closed was reopened following complaints to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).

MPAJ president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain said a group of residents had put up a fence across the access route, citing safety concerns.

“This is state land and they were wrong to erect the fence without getting approval from the council.

We are discussing with them to address these concerns and we hope to find a win-win solution,” he said.

A screen grab from a video showing MPAJ enforcement officers removing the illegal fence put up across the access route to a popular hiking trail in Taman Tun Abdul Razak, Ampang.
A screen grab from a video showing MPAJ enforcement officers removing the illegal fence which was put up to prevent people from accessing the hiking trail.

Hikers and residents alike have expressed outrage when they saw a fence put up on Monday with only a notice informing them about the closure on Aug 14.

The notice stated that the trail posed a security threat and was a suspected entry and escape route for robbers, which made the closure necessary.

It added that the relevant authorities including MPAJ, Drainage and Irrigation Depart­ment (JPS) and the police had been informed. After numerous complaints to MPAJ, the fence was brought down on Aug 17.

The trail circles a small reservoir and is surrounded by the Ampang forest reserve.

It was previously reported in 2013 that there had been cases of prowlers attacking hikers along the trail.

   

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