Developers to pay for damage


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 24 Feb 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry will claim compensation for ecological damage done to the Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam Agriculture Park by developers of Section U10 Shah Alam.  

Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he had already ordered the park management team to study the effects of the development on the park.  

“We will ask all 39 developers to pay damages, “ he said. 

“The cabinet has also told the state government to take stern action against the developers and ensure that they will carry out rehabilitation works,” he said.  

Meanwhile, the Temuan tribe orang asli have voiced their dismay over the “disturbance” of their ancestral burial ground at Kampung Air Kuning here. 

Village head Tok Batin Mela Aib said construction firms had cut trees bordering the 0.4ha burial grounds around Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, on the fringe of Taman Bukit Bandaraya. 

“Much discussion has been held over the matter but the construction firm is still bent on moving ahead with the project. 

“For us, it is a taboo to cut trees or disturb the burial ground,” he added. 

Mela, 43, claimed that that the Temuan tribe had lived in the surrounding areas of Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam since the 1900s. 

“I hope the Orang Asli Affairs Department, the Selangor government and the developer will leave the burial ground at Kampung Air Kuning undisturbed,” he said. 

“Our people were buried on the undulating terrain of what is now Bukit Bandaraya, but now most of the area is covered with partially completed houses. 

“Most of our maps of the area given by the British has been lost, so, we could not stake a claim with the developers (of Bukit Bandaraya) then on the ancestral burial ground,” Mela added.  

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