Selangor MB listened and backs off from initial forest degazettement

by | Sep 9, 2021 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari had listened to the cries of the people and have backed off from the initial degazettement of the Kuala Langat Forest Reserve (KLNFR) on Wednesday, September 8.

The Selangor Chief Minister had said in a statement that the degazetted will only be 42ha, reduced from the proposed 536ha.

He added that the state government will hand over the land ownership to the indigenous people of Kampung Busut Baru and solve the issue that started in 2006.

The Sungai Tua Member of Parliament mentioned, “They were relocated from their original settlement in 1994 for the purpose of the construction of Kuala Lumpur International Airport.”

The prior decision was claimed to be following procedures stipulated under the law. But as the government is based on the principle of accountability, the Selangor administration will write to the state speaker to convene a meeting with SELCAT.

The Select Committee on Capability, Accountability and Transparency will answer any issues regarding the previous process involving the gazetting.

The Pakatan Harapan coalition heavily scrutinized the initial degazettement as it violated their policies. The development of the KLNFR was a mixed bag project that was mooted in 2019.