Selangor should take immediate step to gazette all water catchment areas in the state and prohibits incinerators and landfills in such areas

Press Statement
by  Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew

(Kuala Lumpur,  Friday): The 18th National Forestry Council meeting in Putrajaya yesterday made a right move in calling all states to gazette all water catchment areas in the respective state to protect water sources.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo should take immediate steps to gazette the valuable Broga/ Semenyih/Beranang areas and other similar areas in the state as water catchment areas and prohibits any construction of environment-sensitive structures, such as incinerators and landfills.

DAP has made numerous calls to the Selangor and Federal governments to drop the proposed RM1.5 billion incinerator in Broga in the past two years as an effort to protect the valuable Broga/ Semenyih/ Beranang water catchment areas. We have also warned the Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting on the exorbitant cost of building and maintaining the world’s largest incinerator.

It’s correct for the DPM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to point out that “the function of forest in the preservation and protection of water sources is critical. As such, measures to protect the country’s forests contribute towards the well-being of the people.”

The council had also set a maximum of 85 cu m per hectare for the extraction of forest produce as a new condition for issuance of logging licenses. This move is commendable but the real test remains at implementation and enforcement, which were near impossible in the past due to rampant illegal logging and “stealing of logs” activities because of corruption.


* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP International Secretary and NGO bureau chief