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Selangor Government Must Stop Degazetting Forest Reserves

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SHAH ALAM – Six environment-based, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have
called on the Selangor Government to immediately cease degazetting forest reserves
to make way for the construction of two major highway projects in the state.

The NGOs are Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (PEKA Malaysia);
Sahabat Alam Malaysia; Malaysian Nature Society (MNS); Save Greenlungs; Say No
To SUKE; and, Say No To DASH.

MNS president, Henry Goh said any construction work cutting through the forest
would permanently destroy the ecosystem and disastrously affect the flora and
fauna.

“We want an immediate halt to any effort to degazette forest reserves; no
further degazettement of any forest reserve in Selangor; and, a face-to-face
meeting with the menteri besar regarding the degazettement issue to understand
the situation and find a solution acceptable to all parties,” he said.

Goh was speaking to reporters after handing over a memorandum on the issue to
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali at the State Secretariat building
here yesterday.

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