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on 6 Mar, 11:54

What you can do as a Malaysian to save the Selangor Forest Reserve

What you can do as a Malaysian to save the Selangor Forest Reserve
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The proposed degazettement involves 106.55 hectares of land from four forest reserves in Selangor, namely the Ampang, Bukit Seputeh, Ulu Gombak and Ulu Langat Forest Reserves. Two of the forest reserves, Ampang and Ulu Gombak, form part of the Selangor State Park and are important water catchments for the Klang Valley.

The Ampang and Ulu Gombak forest reserves serve as water catchment forests for major areas in the Klang Valley. The Ampang Intake plant supplies 19 million litres of potable water per day to 9,225 accounts in the Ampang area. The Ulu Gombak forest reserve is a catchment for the Klang Gates Dam. This dam reportedly supplies water to 80,000 households and business premises in the Klang Valley.

It is ironic that the proposal to degazette crucial water catchment forests comes at a time when water shortages are being reported in different parts of the Klang Valley and water levels in the Klang Valley dams are reported as dangerously low.

The SSP, the largest stretch of contiguous forest tract remaining in Selangor and the third largest park in Peninsular Malaysia, is an Environmentally Sensitive Area Rank 1. It forms part of Peninsular Malaysia’s Central Forest Spine and functions as the most important watershed for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. The gazettement as a State Park was to provide a higher level of protection status to the forests that are not only rich in biodiversity but provide crucial ecosystems services such as  water to a vast population of residents and businesses in the greater area.

So, as a concerned Malaysian, what can you do?

1) Write to the Selangor State Forestry Department
Voice your concerns and objections regarding the proposed degazettement to the Selangor State Forestry Department. Provide reasons for your objection. Submit written objections either in Bahasa Malaysia or English by 14 March 2014 to:

Pengarah
Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Selangor
Tingkat 3, Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah
40660 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan

** A sample of the objection letter can be downloaded below

You can cc the letter to the Selangor Menteri Besar and the State EXCO for Environment (Please find their contact details in item no. 2)
Important: As this is a formal objection letter, please ensure that your full name and address are included in the letter. Anonymous letters will not be entertained nor counted as an objection.

b) Can the objection message be sent through email?
The notice does not provide an email address but based on the Forestry Department’s website, the Director does have an email address: yusoff@forestry.gov.my

If you want to email the Director (Tuan Haji Yusoff bin Muda), please do also make sure you send a hard copy of your objection to the Selangor Forestry Director’s office. The phone and fax numbers for the department are as follows:
Tel: 03-5544 7507 (ext 7490)
Fax: 03-5511 9961

Note: Four NGOs, Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Save our Sungai Selangor (SOS Selangor), Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES), and WWF-Malaysia, have formed a coalition to protect the Selangor State Park. We would appreciate it if you could send a copy of your letter/ email to the coalition at savetwns@gmail.com, so that we are aware of the number of objection letters that is being sent out.

c) Can I still object if I am not living in the affected districts?
If you are not a resident in the Ulu Langat or Gombak districts but as a member of the public you are concerned that forest reserves are being degazetted, especially water catchment forests and forests in a state park you can still object because you have the right as a concerned Malaysian citizen to do so.

2. What else can you do to save Selangor State Park?
Apart from writing to the Forestry Director, voice your objection on the KLORR/EKVE cutting through the Selangor State Park to the Selangor Menteri Besar and relevant State EXCO members. This is very important as State governments are the ultimate decision-makers on issues pertaining to forests as forests and land matters come directly under the jurisdiction of the state government. They have the power to reject the proposal for the KLORR/EKVE to cut through the forests and the Selangor State Park. Their contact details are as follows:

Menteri Besar
Y.A.B Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Abd Khalid bin Ibrahim
Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor
Pejabat Menteri Besar Selangor
Tingkat 21, Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah
40503 Shah Alam
Tel: 03-5544 7013 / 03-5544 7022
Fax: 03-5519 0032
Email: khalid@selangor.gov.my

EXCO Environment
Y.B. Puan Wong Keat Ping @ Elizabeth Wong
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pelancongan, Hal Ehwal Pengguna dan Alam Sekitar
Pejabat Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri Selangor,
Tingkat 2, Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah,
40503 Shah Alam
Tel: 03-5544 7760
Email: elizabethwong@selangor.gov.my

** You can download the sample objection letters below.

Please ensure that your name and contact details (e.g address / email address) are included in the letter. There is a slimmer chance of anonymous letters being taken seriously.
Note: We would appreciate it if you could send a copy of your letter/ email to the Coalition for the Protection of the Selangor State Park at savetwns@gmail.com so that we are aware of the number of letters/emails that is being sent.

3. Is there anyone else I can write to voice my concerns?
– Yes, you can write to your respective ADUNs if you are a resident of Ampang, Ulu Klang, Melawati, Bukit Antarabangsa, Rawang, Kajang, Cheras and Sungai Long areas. If you have an active Residents’ Association in these areas, bring it to their attention and try to arrange a meeting with your ADUN and the state government to voice your concern. You could also bring it to the media’s attention.

– As the KLORR/EKVE is a Federal government project, you can also write to the Prime Minister or post your concerns regarding this project on his Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/najibrazak). The more letters/emails the State and Federal government representatives get from concerned public, the better will be the impact.

4. Is there anything else I can do?
–  You can help create awareness on this matter. Tell your friends and family members and ask them to voice their concern.
– Write to the media. It is simple to also email your concerns which you have voiced to the government to the media.
– Voice your concerns on social media.
– Post this information on your Facebook.
– Tweet about it, if you have a Twitter account.
– Post your concerns on elected representatives’ Facebook account. The Prime Minister, Selangor Menteri Besar and some Selangor State EXCO members have active Facebook accounts. Post your concerns there.

Some FB account links are as follows:
Y.A.B. Prime Minister
Y.A.B. Selangor Menteri Besar
Y.B. Selangor State EXCO for Environment

To know more about the park, visit:
http://selangorstatepark.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TrEES.Malaysia

Objection letters

on 20 Apr, 06:24

Community 4Rs Programme

Community 4Rs Programme
Project
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Since the programme began in 1995, thousands of tonnes of materials have recycled. The programme is self-sustaining, and more importantly, raises funds for the community including welfare organisations and schools.

Total funds raised for the community to-date RM1,050,000
Total Tonnage Recycled to-date 11,500 tonnes

Under the programme, TrEES works with the community to establish recycling centres that provides the community with easy access to recycling. TrEES has helped to establish more than 100 recycling centres – at retail outlets, charitable organizations and participating schools. TrEES has also helped many private companies to initiate in-house recycling programmes.

The programme is driven in partnership with local councils, recyclers, private companies, charity groups, residents and schools. By working with the different sectors of the community, TrEES has been able to ensure that the programme is self-sustaining.

Get involved in some of our programmes under Communities for Conservation:

on 15 Apr, 16:48

Young Voices for Conservation – School Programme

Young Voices for Conservation – School Programme
Project
No location

“The TrEES School Programme has done something that no other has done before this. That is the programme has made us “wake up” to the surroundings and the global concerns on our environment. It has made us realize that we are the youth on whose shoulders lies the responsibility of conserving the beauty and vigor of forests. The programme has thus instilled in us, a sense of belonging which we never felt before.”

TrEES school programme “Young Voices for Conservation” harnesses the spirit and energy of the youth to create positive change in themselves and the community around them.

The greatest thing we can do for our young people is to prepare them for life, by providing them with tools and skills they will need to succeed. Young Voices for Conservation does just that. The programme allows the youth to explore their creativity, unlock their hidden potential, and to achieve extraordinary results.

Now entering its third year, the programme has gained momentum with the participation of schools from Selangor, KL, Putrajaya and Negeri Sembilan. Secondary schools are targeted in this exciting programme that aims to develop future leaders who are passionate and active in conserving the environment. The programme is run with the approval of the Ministry of Education.

TrEES is delighted that AFFINBANK is continuing its partnership with TrEES in “Young Voices for Conservation” for 2013. AFFINBANK will also provide the technical expertise to run the financial training component, a critical aspect of the programme, for the student project teams. Staff from AFFINBANK will provide input into the programme, participate in all the activities run during the programme and form part of the team that evaluates the effectiveness of the students projects

Under the programme, students are trained to become effective role models for their peers and act as agents of change in school and at home, to minimise their impact on the environment. Students participate in training workshops to build their capacity and skills, and in fieldtrips to the forest, to strengthen their connection with the natural environment. During the training workshops, students learn important life-skills such as project planning, financial management, problem solving and communication skills.

Using the skills they have learned, students plan and implement an environmental project in their school. They become mentors to their classmates, showing them how to take action to protect the environment. Their projects are effective because it is by students for students.

Through their passion, the student teams motivate themselves and their classmates to practice the 4Rs’ (Re-think, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) in their everyday actions that become the foundation for their path towards environmental consciousness. Students come to realize that they can be active environmentalists no matter what career they pursue, or what field interests them. The environment affects all things, and is in turn, affected by all things.

AFFINBANK’s investment in this programme is providing immeasurable benefits for the students who are participating, as well as for the nation, equipping young Malaysians with leadership and financial skills as well as knowledge and passion for the environment.

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