I REFER to your report “Broga Hill to be closed temporarily” (StarMetro, Aug 23) and commend the authorities for taking steps to enable restoration work to begin due to unauthorised slope clearing and terracing works.
It is shocking that the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) was allowed to prepare the hillslope for the planting of rubber trees on behalf of the Orang Asli Development Department without checking with the state on whether it was allowed.
Nevertheless, I am pleased proactive steps were taken to stop further damage to the hill. Needless to say, the cutting has weakened the hillslope and enforcement is needed to strengthen it.
I commend the Selangor government for providing RM1mil for the work which will go a long way to restore the hillslope to its original state and improve accessibility to the summit.
Erosion is an issue as many climbers go to the hill every day and more during weekends. Pathways need to be strengthened to prevent injuries to climbers while ‘No Littering’ signboards would remind them to maintain cleanliness and preserve the beauty and scenic nature of the hill.
Broga Hill is a popular recreation spot for those residing in Kajang, Semenyih and elsewhere. It is a great place to exercise or just enjoy the fresh air and have breakfast in Broga town, which offers authentic dishes that are seldom found in the cities.
With numerous developments encroaching into the green belt from Kajang to Semenyih and beyond to Mantin, there are very few spots for hill or mountain climbing.
Broga Hill is a rarity as many other places were cleared and levelled for developments in recent years with no control or proper planning.
When Broga Hill is opened after restoration, I hope the public will take care of the place so that all of us can enjoy it for years to come. Smokers, avoid Broga Hill if you want to smoke unless you can restrain yourself while in the vicinity.
I hope no agricultural activities or development of any kind will be allowed on Broga Hill or in the vicinity for at least a 5km to 10km radius to safeguard and protect the place.
Kajang, Semenyih, Bangi and other surrounding towns need more green belts and fields for residents to gather.
Too many developments are ongoing in “developed” Kajang right up to “developing” Semenyih.
If developments are not monitored to ensure no damage is done such as the levelling of hills, it will destroy our natural environment.
An engagement with the public, especially Kajang folk, will provide useful feedback to the authorities on how the preservation of hills ought to be managed without limiting developments which are needed due to population increase and demand for housing in the coming years.
In the words of John Ruskin, “Mountains (hills) are the beginning and end of all natural scenery.”
In short, preserve Broga Hill for our leisure and so future generations will be able to enjoy it too.
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