DOE and Selangor govt at loggerheads over agro park project in Sabak Bernam

KLANG: A dispute is brewing between the Department of Environment (DOE) and the Selangor state government with the former claiming that the state’s Selangor Smart Agro Park (SSAP) project has not complied with regulations.

SSAP, spearheaded by the Selangor Agricultural Development Corporation (PKPS), is planned to be the state’s food security hub and platform once completed.

PKPS denied any wrongdoing and clarified that the project was being implemented by the book.

According to the DOE, however, it has not received an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the project, which is located at Changkat Menteri in Sabak Bernam.

DOE director-general Norlin Jaafar (pic) said in a statement on Friday (April 16) the EIA report was a prerequisite under Section 34A(6) of the Environmental Quality Act 1974.

She said the DOE had only received the terms of reference of the EIA report stating that PKPS planned to develop an oil palm plantation it owned in Sabak Bernam in late 2019.

“After Selangor DOE's investigation of the project, PKPS was issued a notice on April 8 this year under Section 31 of the Environmental Quality Act 1974, as well as a stop-work order under Section 34AA of the same Act on April 12," she said.

PKPS was ordered to stop clearing work on the site and submit the EIA report, Norlin added.

Norlin also said the DOE was monitoring the project to ensure that there is no violation of the stop-work order.

PKPS head of strategic communications Gaddafi Musli said the agency will issue a statement regarding the matter on Saturday (April 17).

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