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Residents concerned about development next to Kota Damansara Community Forest

 

PETALING JAYA: Development plans for a vacant site adjacent to the Kota Damansara Community Forest in Kota Damansara in Petaling Jaya, Selangor have not been finalised, said the developer Bonus Focus Sdn Bhd.

When contacted, the company, a subsidiary of construction group Melati Ehsan Holdings Bhd declined to reveal the proposed plans nor comment on residents’ concerns about development on the land.

A hoarding which came up a few weeks ago at the site had drawn concerns from residents in Kota Damansara as part of the approximately 3.04ha land has been planted with trees during a Plant-A-Tree (PAT) programme in June 2009 organised by Wild Asia, AMP Radio Networks and Friends of Kota Damansara (FOKD).

The event drew much attention and was publicised in several media and attended by Selangor state representative Sivarasa Rahsiah. Although the vacant site is private land, the residents hoped that the developer will consider the planted area in their development plans.

Jeffrey Phang, co-chairman of FOKD, a coalition of resident associations, said the land where the PAT programme was initiated was vacant for many years and inquiries to Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor found that part of the land was reserved for an Islamic school. However, he later learnt that the land was sold in 2007 and there may now be plans to develop it for residential purposes.

“We do not deny the right of the developer to develop the area, but we hope that they will see the trees as an asset to their development rather then a liability,” said Dr Reza Azmi, executive director of Wild Asia, in a press release dated Jan 3, 2010.

The Kota Damansara Community Forest was originally known as the Sungei Buloh Forest Reserve, which was gazetted in 1898. The forest reserve used to cover 4,000 acres but parts of it was developed for residential projects in 1990 and now only 850 acres remain.
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