Kledang Saiong Hill will not be developed, residents told

IPOH: No development project will take place on a vast plot of land cleared at the Kledang Saiong Hill near here, says the Perak State Development Corporation (PKNP).

Its chief executive officer Mohd Ariff Yeop Ishak said as such, there was no reason for Taman Chepor Sentosa residents to worry.

He said the land was not suitable for any sort of development as the site was hilly with a 25° gradient.

“We will suggest that the state government ensure the particular area where the land was cleared be reverted back to its original state.

“We are hoping to replant trees there, and that area will only be used for research purposes linked to forestry issues, ” he told reporters yesterday after a dialogue session with the residents at a surau near the housing area.

Residents had been up in arms over logging and forest-clearing work being carried out at that particular land belonging to PKNP.

On Jan 5, the area’s neighbourhood watch committee chairman Shamsul Kamar Ani said that work on the 151.49ha plot – which he claimed was part of the Kinta Valley Geopark – started in December last year.

Besides affecting the flora and fauna there, he said it was also a safety concern for the over 1,000 nearby residents.

Mohd Ariff said due to an earlier agreement with a company in 2015, land clearing works were carried out for a planned agriculture project.

“However replanting activities will be carried out soon and the area will go back to being a forest reserve or for forest-related activities, ” he added.

Mohd Ariff said plans for the construction of the Perak Hi-Tech Park would be carried out on flat land parallel to the hill.

“This is the area where several farmers are now occupying, ” he said.

“The farmers will be relocated before we start work on the project.

“So residents need not worry about development taking place on top of the hill because there are no such plans.”

On plans involving the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS), Mohd Ariff said although PKNP was a majority shareholder, it was not involved in the day-to-day activities.

He said PKNP’s subsidiary company Perak Corp Bhd would submit its plans this month.

“We will wait and see what has been proposed, whether to reopen the theme park soon in accordance with proper business strategy, ” he added.

MAPS, which was opened to the public in June 2017, has been closed since Jan 28 until further notice.

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