Stop-work order at Kiara Park

KUALA LUMPUR: CALLS by non-governmental organisations for work on perimeter fencing at the Bukit Kiara Park to stop were finally answered yesterday.

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Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung (second from left) meeting representatives of various non-governmental organisations over construction work to build a perimeter fence at the Bukit Kiara Park. On Chor’s left is Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said he had issued a stop-work order for the time being, even though some 80 per cent of the work had been completed.

“The National Landscape Department will cease all construction work until further agreement and engagement with the stakeholders.

“It will try to make good the damage that has been done to the area and revive it by planting patches of grass and plants.

“Whatever damage that was done, we must rectify it, one way or another. We must admit that there was not enough monitoring of the contractor in doing the perimeter fencing, so we will follow up very closely now.”

Chor said this after a three-hour discussion with Friends of Bukit Kiara (FoBK), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Global Environmental Centre (GEC), Trails Association of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Taman Tun Dr Ismail Residents Association and Landskap Malaysia.

The MNS and GEC said during the construction, some 3,000 trees were cut through the forest, earthworks were done without provision, trails were damaged and potential tension cracks were spotted on hillslopes.

The 3.5m-high perimeter fence, stretching 4.7km, was for security and supervision.

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