No hope for north Kuala Langat forest reserve?

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Over 45,000 formal objections, over 130,000 online signatures in protest, a huge turnout at a public hearing against the move, clear and unmistakable dissent from the communities of the north Kuala Langat forest reserve including the Orang Asli, a huge public outcry from civil society and the public, 56 representatives in the Selangor State Assembly voting unanimously to support a motion to protect all forest reserves in Selangor….

Despite all this, the Selangor state executive council unanimously decided to de-gazette part of the north Kuala Langat forest reserve – an 8,000-year-old peat swamp forest and one of the last in southern Selangor – for a mixed development project.

BFM speaks with members of the Pertahankan Hutan Simpan Kuala Langat Utara (Defend North Kuala Langat Forest Reserve) coalition, Shaq Koyok, a contemporary Orang Asli artist, and Nicole Fong, a researcher and activist from Klima Action Malaysia (KAMY), to discuss recent developments and what might come next in the fight to protect this important forest from any form of ‘development’.

Produced and presented by: Juliet Jacobs

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