The green lungs of Ampang started at Menara Mutiara, will be shaved bare by unscrupulous developer and the local authorities are not doing anything to prevent it!
The voice of sometimes helpless citizens pleading for the authorities to help protect their environment from being degraded!
I received a pamphlet in my mailbox upon arriving home from Singapore and the pamphlet depresses me! After seeing how beautiful and green the island republic is is am now disheartened over the inability for local government to protect taxpayers interest!
In a nutshell, the pamphlet is distributed by a neighbourhood "save our hills" committee set up to prevent a big company from developing a 62.5 acres of forest running from Menara Mutiara in Taman TAR to Jalan Hulu Klang. The proposed project by this company, says the pamphlet, will include 450 units of shop lots and 149 bungalow lots. A group of people have been working tirelessly to ensure any development in the neighbourhood is consistent with the Selangor State and Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) Structure Plans, which is the official guidelines for safe and responsible development.
Just a highlight: the project is on the same unstable hill that caused the collapses of the Highland Towers condominium in 1993 killing many and the home of former Army Chief Tan Sri Ismail in Taman Hillview, killing several of his family member.
The pamphlet also said, the land for the proposed development is even steeper with 70% of the area having slopes higher than 20 degrees. According to the Selangor State Structure Plan, this land is "high risk", meaning it is prone to erosion and landslides, and according to MPAJ's Structure Plan, it is environmentally sensitive and thus should NOT be developed!
In spite of all these expert and scientific finding to prevent more lives from being lost, why is the residents of the areas are still fighting tooth and nail to save the hills, are our authorities too corrupt not to be able to put the minds of the residents at rest as to say "don't worry taxpayers we will not allow any development once and for all on the hills in view our structure plans for developments!".
What can you do! Well just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "count me in." And to include your name and email address. This will make it easier for the committee to save the hills to keep you informed.
For more check out their website for up-to-date information at: www.nolandslide.org
They need your support to save lives and the environment!