SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Government has denied that the Templer Park Forest Reserve is under threat due to construction of an elevated highway and luxury bungalows.
State executive councillor Elizabeth Wong said no part of the forest reserve, which spans over 800ha, had been affected by development since 2008.
Wong added that 6.29ha of land where luxury bungalows were being built was private land located in Taman Templer.
The Selangor Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment Committee chairman explained that in 1987, the then state government had sold the land to a private company for the purpose of setting up a golf course.
“The proposed development of a 6.29ha site by Shining Crest Sdn Bhd is located on private land next to the Taman Templer Villas development.
“The report that 39.44ha was taken from the Kancing Forest Reserve to construct an elevated highway is not accurate.
“In 2005, the then state government gave approval for 30ha but the current state government was successful in having this reduced to 15ha.
“The photo (in The Star’s front page last Tuesday) was not taken in a forest reserve. It is a picture of private land where agricultural activities are taking place,” Wong said.
The Star reported that over 39.44ha of the Kanching Forest Reserve was being cleared for a 60m-high elevated highway called the Rawang Bypass while 6.29ha of hillslopes at a private lot near Bukit Takun have been approved by the Selayang Municipal Council for the building of 60 luxury bungalows.
Except for a forest reserve in Sabak Bernam, which was de-gazetted for housing development, Wong stressed that the state government had not de-gazetted any other forest reserves in Selangor since Pakatan Rakyat took office in 2008.
“The forest reserve (in Sabak Bernam) was de-gazetted in 2009 because settlers there had been living there since the colonial period,” she added.
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