QuickCheck: Will forest reserves in Selangor be closed to the public?

OUTDOOR activity fans on social media have been lamenting that forest reserves in Selangor will soon be closed to the public.

Is this true?



The Selangor Forestry Department says that it will be closing off permanent forest reserves in the state to the public from Nov 1.

This step was taken to protect the safety of the public as the monsoon season is due to start, it said in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 12).

"The closure is a precautionary measure to avoid any (undesired) incidents or accidents during the rainy weather," said the department.

This means that no recreational activities such as hiking or camping will be allowed at all permanent forest reserves in the state.

These forest reserves include the Kanching Eco Forest Park and Templer Park in Rawang as well as the Sungai Congkak Park in Hulu Langat.

A similar notice had been issued by the Perak Forestry Department which said that eco-forests within reserves in the state would be off limits to the public from Nov 1 until a date to be determined.


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