Following the public hearing session at the end of September 2020, a combination of NGOs, named PHSKLU or Pertahankan Hutan Simpan Kuala Langat Utara, was formed consisting of various individuals and groups to mobilise civil society efforts to defend the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve from degazettement by the Selangor State Government.
The Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR) was gazetted in the early 1920s, but has shrunk by 97% of its original size. KLNFR is a peat swamp forest that has the unique biodiversity and important ecosystem functions for the people around Banting and Kuala Langat.
More importantly, this forest is also a customary land for the Temuan community whose customs and life depend on this forest for more than 120 years. The loss of this forest is not only a violation of human rights in terms of land rights, but also the right to live in a clean and safe environment.
Phase 2 started with sending emails to Selangor’s MB and EXCO members to urge them to remove any current and future plans to degazette KLNFR.
Now that the Selangor Government has announced it has revoked the secretive decision to degazette our beloved forest reserve, we await the actual regazettement of Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve.
SELANGOR STATE ASSEMBLY PASSED MOTION NO.26 ON 11 NOVEMBER 2020
The motion reads: “That this Honorable House urges the Selangor State Government to maintain the status of forest reserve gazette throughout the state so that the water catchment areas and forest reserves in the State of Selangor remain and are well maintained so that water resources in the State of Selangor are adequate and unaffected for the future. ”
Motion No.26 was unanimously supported in the Selangor State Assembly. It was highlighted by Y.B. TUAN MOHD NAJWAN BIN HALIMI (Kota Anggerik). It is also supported by Y.B. PUAN MICHELLE OF MEI SZE (Subang Jaya), Y.B. TUAN EDRY FAIZAL BIN EDDY YUSOF (Dusun Tua), Y.B. DATO ‘MOHD IMRAN BIN TAMRIN (Sungai Panjang), Y.B. PUAN LIM YI WEI (Kg. Tunku), and Y.B. TUAN RAJIV A / L RISHYAKARAN (Bukit Gasing).
Minutes in the video above:
1:16:08 – N.40 Kota Anggerik – Y.B. TUAN MOHD NAJWAN BIN HALIMI
1:28:24 – N.31 Subang Jaya – Y.B PUAN MICHELLE NG MEI SZE
1:34:59 – N.23 Dusun Tua – Y.B. TUAN EDRY FAIZAL BIN EDDY YUSOF
1:38:04 – N.03 Sungai Panjang – Y.B. DATO’ MOHD IMRAN BIN TAMRIN
1:41:24 – N.35 Kg. Tunku – Y.B. PUAN LIM YI WEI
1:43:06 – N.34 Bukit Gasing – Y.B. TUAN RAJIV A/L RISHYAKARAN
1:44:25 – Response from Y.B. TUAN HEE LOY SIAN, (Selangor Committee Chairman in Tourism, Environment and Green Technology and Orang Asal Affairs)
1:48:19 – Tuan Speaker took the votes and passed the motion.
This campaign is by the coalition Pertahankan Hutan Simpan Kuala Langat Utara that consists of:
- Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam (PEKA)
- SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia)
- Persatuan Kesedaran dan Keadilan Iklim Malaysia (Klima Action Malaysia- KAMY)
- Five Arts Centre
- Persatuan Tindakan Alam Sekitar Kuala Langat
- EMPOWER Malaysia
- Greenpeace Malaysia
- Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)
- Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam (KUASA)
- Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)
- Global Environment Centre (GEC)
- Pertubuhan Alam Sekitar Sejahtera (GRASS)
- MalaysiaMalaysian Nature Society (MNS) Selangor Branch
- Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)
- Treat Every Environment Special Sdn Bhd (TrEES)
- MISI Solidariti