Selangor govt told to honour promise

THE Selangor government should honour its word not to develop any part of the Air Hitam Forest Reserve near Puchong.

Pusat Bandar Puchong Residents Association president Awtar Singh claimed that Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok had led a protest a few days before the last general election on March 8, 2008 against a proposed development at the forest reserve.

“Kok had promised the residents that the hill would be degazetted from housing to forest reserve if the opposition captured the state.

“However, there is no sign that the hill will be degazetted,’’ said Awtar.

Awtar, who is a former Subang Jaya municipal councillor, said he had opposed a move by Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB) to carry out housing development on hillslope when it was tabled in the council meeting in 2006.

Awtar also claimed that PNSB together with two other companies were bent on going ahead with the proposed development at the hillslope in the forest reserve.

“The state’s Appeal Board had two meetings with PNSB and the two developers of the proposed development,’’ he said, adding that he and his committee members were not allowed to attend those meetings.

Association vice-chairman Avies Ung claimed that he was chased out of a meeting held at the MPSJ building on June 25.

Awtar questioned why the Appeal Board was holding meeting with PNSB and the developers on the matter if they had no intention of developing the hillslope.

“I will continue to voice the residents dissatisfaction over the issue until the state government comes out with a concrete action,’’ he added.

It was reported last week that the Selangor government had no plans to develop the hillslope in Air Hitam Forest Reserve in Puchong as claimed by certain quarters.

Kok, who is also senior exco member, said it was not true that the state government had by-passed the residents and given the go ahead for the hillslope to be developed.

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