The Shah Alam Community Forest (SACF) Society has disputed the Selangor government’s claim that the SACF had been de-gazetted and is no longer part of the Bukit Cherakah Forest Reserve.
This was after Selangor state executive councillor for tourism, environment, green technology, and orang asli affairs Hee Loy Sian said the area was de-gazetted in 2006 and cited the reference number “PW1443”.
However, the group said PW1443 does not refer to the gazette notification but a survey plan, which is not proof of de-gazettement.
“Survey plan PW1443 was signed on Sept 7, 2006 by Selangor state director of survey and mapping John Elvis Koh.
“This document is indeed a plan to de-gazette the forest. But the survey plan is not proof that the forest has been de-gazetted.
“The proof must come from the gazette itself. The gazette is published, surveys are not. A gazette notification is required by Section 13 of the Forestry Enactment.
“We have checked the gazette and found that the Bukit Cherakah Forest Reserve was not degazetted in 2006,” it said in a statement.
Therefore, the SACF Society said Hee’s statement was misleading.
“Until a gazette notification is issued, the area in question is still part of the forest reserve.
“Notification of government decisions in the gazette is a core part of our democracy. The process ensures transparency and accountability.
“Trying to shortcut the process is against the rule of law,” the group said.
They also want the Selangor Committee on Accountability and Transparency to conduct a hearing on the matter.