Stumped by felling of ‘healthy’ palm trees in Kajang

MPKj says the palm trees were rotting and had holes at their base, just like this one.

A STRETCH of 29 palm trees along Jalan Asa 1 in Kajang were cut down last month because they were deemed dangerous.

Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) corporate and community development administration assistant officer Nadhirah Mohd Noor said the Landscape and Recreation Department reported of rotting trees that had holes at the base.

“It was not safe as the trees were growing in a narrow road divider.

“The trees were also vandalised as there were nail marks on them,” she said.

Nadhirah said MPKj had no plans to replace the cut trees as the road divider was narrow and not suitable for tree-planting.

However, long-time Kajang resident G. Vijayan, 67, said the trees looked healthy prior to being cut down.

“Those were mature palm trees, some with a diameter of 50cm that provided much shade and aesthetic value to the area.

“Maybe there were few trees that were not healthy, but definitely not all of them. Many of the stumps left behind look healthy too.

“I thought there was a law prohibiting the felling of trees that were over a certain age,” he said.

Vijayan said MPKj should replace the cut trees.

“In fact MPKj should have tried to maintain the trees taking into consideration their size.

“Leaving the stumps as it is, is a disgrace and an ugly sight,” he added. — By VIJENTHI NAIR
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