GEORGE TOWN, July 13 (Bernama) -- The government has assured that any development to gazette the Bukit Kiara Park and its surrounding areas as a large scale public park (LSPP), will not affect its flora and fauna.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said, some residents had expressed concern on Bukit Kiara's development when they found that upgrading work causeed damage to its park.
"I want to assure Malaysians that Bukit Kiara is part of the government agenda to preserve about 467 acres (188.9 ha) of land. I want to assure the public that as long as the present government is there, the park will stay.
"It is going to be known as an Arboretum where flora and fauna will be preserved," he told reporters after visiting a property fair here today.
He said this when commenting on newspaper reports that development in Bukit Kiara had destroyed the environment.
Chor said, to prevent 'green lungs' in the heart of Kuala Lumpur from being encroached, the government had decided to put up perimeter fencing around the land, known as anti-climb perimeter fencing.
He said this approach would also prevent undesirable elements from tapping rubber.
"There are lots of rubber trees left. Once we build the perimeter fencing, we will ensure that only people who obtain permission from the government tap the rubber trees," he said.
Asked why the federal government took a long time to gazette the land, Chor said the government was in negotiation with Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd for land lots which were leased out to them.
"The government is negotiating with them to move out, so that they can go to another place. They have been offered another place, and they are considering moving out. Once they move out, only then can we really calculate the exact area of this 'green lung' to gazette it as a public park," he said.
The RM250 million LSPP project will comprise six zones, namely administration and garden centre; family recreation; tropical Arboretum; high worth Arboretum; riparian; hydrology conservation and biodiversity.
The park and Arboretum concept park would be developed in phases and feature a 'live trees museum' with an overall emphasis on the three elements of air, forest and human.