EKVE Press Statement
9 Aug 2016
Press Statement – 25 July 2016
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Treat Every Environment Special Sdn Bhd and Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka) wish to clarify our stance on the EKVE project.
We are still fighting the case as we have exhausted all avenues of engagement with the Respondents (Selangor State Government, Selangor Forestry Department and the Majlis Perdanaran Ampang Jaya). Regrettably, none of the 3 Respondents provided us with sufficient feedback to our questions and concerns regarding the construction of the EKVE through water catchment forests during such engagements in the past. Therefore, we NGOs had decided to proceed with our application for a judicial review, as we firmly believe that the decisions by the Respondents in permitting construction works within a forest reserve is illegal.
However, we have withdrawn our application for a stay of works on the EKVE, to focus our efforts on the judicial review itself. EKVE Sdn Bhd, as interveners to the judicial review, had made an application for fortification of damages in the amount of RM52.5 million, which may be imposed on us if the court were to have granted the stay in our favour, and if we eventually proved unsuccessful in the judicial review application. As NGOs, we were unable to take on this risk, and thus we decided not to pursue the stay application.
We maintain our challenge over the Selangor State Government’s decision to allow the EKVE through this valuable water catchment forest, and the Selangor Forestry’s Department’s decision to close Taman Rimba Ampang for the construction of the EKVE.
We maintain our deep concerns that the EKVE project will cause permanent and irreparable damage to the Ampang Forest Reserve and the Selangor State Park overall by threatening the biological diversity and balance of the ecosystem within the park. The EKVE Project will also adversely affect the forest as a water catchment forest and jeopardise the water quality of the Ampang River.
While EKVE Sdn Bhd may be of the belief that there is nothing at present to prevent them from carrying out its construction works in the Ampang Forest Reserve, we three NGOs maintain our stand that any logging or deforestation in relation to the EKVE project is against the law because the Ampang Forest Reserve has not been excised from the permanent forest reserve as of date.
Malaysian Nature Society
Treat Every Environment Special
Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia