I live in Taman Bukit Cheras near the Bukit Sungai Puteh forest reserve, Selangor. I thank NST for publishing my letter “Construction disrupts reserve wildlife” about wildlife destruction due to the Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Expressway (Suke) project.
It garnered a response from Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings, the company overseeing the project. It stated that there was no construction in my area. But, surveying activities like soil-testing were enough to disrupt wildlife in the forest reserve.
Now that the project has started, the destruction to flora and fauna is heartbreaking. Several hectares of forest have been wiped off.
I cannot imagine how many trees, herbs, snakes, squirrels, monitor lizards, birds, dragon flies, butterflies, spiders, insects, fireflies and civet cats have been killed and their habitats destroyed.
A part of our 3m-high security fence was knocked down. Since then, robbers have breached the chain-link fence three times. Fearing for our safety, my family installed barbed tape and we suffered many cuts during the process.
We discovered that the perpetrators had also cut down trees, without a permit.
It was three long weeks of anguish before we reached a limited settlement with the contractor. We have yet to receive compensation.
As work on the project progresses, plants, animals and humans can expect to be battered and bruised.
Our fence can be replaced, but what about the flora and fauna? There has been so much damage. It’s not worth it.
C.K.S., Kuala Lumpur