Mat Taib questions why cops turned down green protest at Bkt Jelutong

Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib. -filepic

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib says he is disappointed that the police would not allow the Bukit Jelutong Residents Association to conduct a peaceful assembly this Saturday (Nov 18).

"Under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 Section 15, the organisers need only inform the police of the peaceful assembly, which the police should not reject," the former Selangor mentri besar said in a statement on Thursday (Nov 16).

"I am also shocked that the good intentions of the association to protect the (area's) green lung and greenery is being blocked by the authorities.

"This is as though the authorities are giving the green light to the environmental destruction of Bukit Jelutong," he added.

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Muhammad said when he was the mentri besar in 1994, the state government agreed to a proposal by Guthrie to rezone Bukit Jelutong from agriculture to housing.

He added that the state government imposed a condition that part of the housing estate be converted to a green lung/public golf course.

"Guthrie (now Sime Darby) should have surrendered the land (to be gazetted) as a green lung/recreational park for the public. However, this was not done.

"When they were selling the units earlier, the developer promised greenery and a good environment to buyers, which attracted (purchasers).

"The environment and greenery will be destroyed permanently if (additional) residential units are built there," he added.

It was reported earlier that the Bukit Jelutong Golf Centre would be relocated to make way for a housing project.

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