Amnesty International, Frim voice opposition to Kuala Langat forest reserve move

Amnesty International, Frim voice opposition to Kuala Langat forest reserve move

27/2/2020 11:57:00 AM

Amnesty International, Frim voice opposition to Kuala Langat forest reserve move

More voices weigh in to reject Selangor gov't plan to develop a large swathe of previously protected land.

-Amnesty International and Forest Research Institute Malaysia (Frim) are the latest groups to voice their opposition to theproposed degazetting of 930ha in the centuries-old Kuala Langat (North) Forest Reserve."The Selangor Forestry Department’s failure to consult the relevant indigenous communities demonstrates a blatant disregard for the principle of free, prior and informed consent, as well as their willingness to put corporate development ahead of the welfare of citizens," said Amnesty International in a statement on its site.

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It went on toencourage the publicto send a letter of objection to Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari and published a draft of such a letter.Amnesty International also called for a twitter campaign to voice objections to Amirudin, Selangor exco in charge of the environment Hee Loy Sian and the Selangor Forestry Department.

Meanwhile, Frim said its director-general, Abd Latif Mohmod, had delivered a letter of objection to the Selangor Forestry Department Director Mohd Ridzuwan Endot today.Frim argued that based on studies the area needs to be preserved since there are many endangered species of flora and fauna in the area.

"Based on the data reports of flora and fauna collected, there are at least three species of endangered trees that are mersawa paya (anisoptera marginata), meranti bunga (shorea teysmanniana) and meranti bakau (shorea uliginosa)""In addition, there is a species of Selangor small flying squirrel, three species of freshwater fish and over 100 bird species in the area," it added.

Frim called on the state government to take note and make the"right decision not to change the status of the forest reserve to ensure that the source of the state's biodiversity source is restored and well-maintained".Yesterday more than 200 Orang Asli villagers gathered in front of the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah building in Shah Alam to voice their objections to the state government's proposal.

On Feb 20, Amirudindefended the state’s proposal contending that developing it is a good idea seeing that 40 percent of the forest had already “degraded”.He took pains to explain the government’s reasons behind its plan to degazette 930.93ha (97.1 percent) of the 958ha forest reserve for a mixed development project.

Amirudin claimed the quality of trees in the Kuala Langat forest reserve - a peat forest - had eroded due to fire and posed a continual fire hazard to surrounding areas.However, conservation groups such as the Malaysian Nature Society and the Global Environment Centre

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 his claims, saying that the wildlife in Kuala Langat was recovering well after fires a few years ago and that its ecosystem was irreplaceable. Read more: malaysiakini.com »

If amnesty Amnesty is soooo good then why UK's forest cover is just 13%, EU is 30% -- while Malaysia has 68% according to WorldBank? These are good for nothing western NGOs, with vested interest.

Orang Asli submit protest letters against proposed degazetting of Kuala Langat forest reserve | Malay MailSHAH ALAM, Feb 26 — The Orang Asli community who live in the area surrounding the forest reserve, Hutan Simpan Kuala Langat Utara, today conveyed to the Selangor government, six letters of protest against the proposed degazetting of the forest, and urged the government to reconsider such a move....

Orang Asli deliver protest note to MB over Kuala Langat forestA group of more than 200 gathered outside to voice their objections to the controversial move to degazette the forest reserve. Kau tengok nie jemin ank buah kau punya kerja.Orang asli pun rakyat malaysia agak2 la yb Selangor. aptb

250 Orang Asli protest against degazetting of K Langat forest reserveTheir objection will be raised at the next state exco meeting, says a representative of Selangor MB. FMTNews OrangAsli

Bantah pembangunan hutan Kuala Langat, Orang Asli berarak ke pejabat MB | The Malaysian InsightMereka dari 12 kampung, pelbagai suku Orang Asli membantah rancangan Selangor menamatkan pewartaan hutan simpan itu. Diorang tak minta peruntukan pembangunan pun. Hanya mahu rumah mereka yg tercinta tak diroboh. Harap MB pertimbang sedalam dalamnya agar tak aniaya golongan yg berhak. Kasim oo kasim. Kasim diam ke? Kasimm oo siti

300 Orang Asli bantah mansuh Hutan Simpan Kuala Langat UtaraWakil Orang Asli Kuala Langat berkata komuniti itu tinggal di hutan simpan itu sejak 1845 hasil pemberian Sultan Abdul Samad Tengku Abdullah. FMTNews AmirudinShari Rahman KualaLangat

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