SHAH ALAM: A gazette notification last month to delist the Bukit Cherakah forest reserve was carried out to complete a process that began in 1991, the Selangor forestry department said today.
Selangor forestry director Ahmad Fadzil Abdul Majid said the process to degazette Bukit Cherakah as a forest reserve was conducted from around 1991 to 2006 for an area covering 406.22 hectares.
It was put on hold in 2006. The gazette notification issued on May 5 was backdated to refer to the decision of the state executive council in 2000, he said.
He said the Selangor state government has taken the appropriate role to resolve matters that were delayed over 20 years ago.
The degazetting did not follow a public investigation as approval had taken place before law was amended in 2011 to require a public investigation.
“However, this area of 406.22ha is no longer recorded in the area of permanent forest reserve since 2006. The remaining Bukit Cherakah forest reserve is 1,298.86ha and the Bukit Cherakah additional forest reserve is 982.80ha.
“Both of these forests are still managed by the state forestry department as classes of protected forests that are habitats for various flora and fauna,” he said.