MP: Contractors didn’t follow instruction


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  • Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007

bavanim@thestar.com.my 

IT WAS a case of miscommunication that resulted in precious trees being felled near Lorong Batai in Damansara Heights recently.  

Apparently the owner of the six-acre land – Selangor Properties – had sent in contractors to merely trim the tree branches, as they were worried that the trees might collapse during heavy storms but due to a miscommunication the contractors went overboard and chopped all the trees in the area.  

“The land owner did not spell out clearly what they wanted the contractors to do and the contractors took the easy way out of the situation by using heavy equipment and chopping everything in sight,” said Segambut MP Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong.  

COSTLY MISTAKE: The land owner of this site near Lorong Batai in Damansara Heights merely wanted the tree branches trimmed. But miscommunication resulted in the trees being felled instead. – T.K. LIM / The Star

“The site now looks like scene from a logging area,” said Tan, who visited the site recently with officials from DBKL’s enforcement unit.  

“The damage has already been done and now what must be done is to carry out replanting as soon as possible as with without trees other problems may arise like erosion which can do even more damage,” Tan said.  

Meanwhile a DBKL spokesman said that the owners were given a time period to re-plant the trees with a species that is suitable.  

Last Friday StarMetro reported that massive tree clearing activities was going on at a slope near Lorong Batai Barat in Damansara Heights for the past two weeks after receiving complaints from residents.  

On Wednesday two, two trees fell into the backyard of one of the houses due to clearing work which got residents all riled up.  

Representatives from the company responsible for the clearing visited the site and has since apologised for the incident and promised to fix the damages.  

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