Dec 17, 2008 By CHAN LI LEEN
THE Perak Government will look into a request to gazette Taman Tasik Temoh as a recreational park, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said.
He said the state government was more than willing to expedite the move to retain the 48.6ha area near Tapah for use by the public.
“It is the right of the rakyat to enjoy all that this place has to offer,” he said after flagging off the Tapah Endurance Motocross & Cubcross Challenge 2008 on Saturday.
“Furthermore, the Pakatan Rakyat government is very cautious when it comes to approving housing and development projects as it is the rakyat who will suffer whenever floods or landslides occur,” he added.
Nizar (foreground, right) shaking hands with the participants before flagging off the motor race.
Nizar was responding to a request by Batang Padang district officer Datuk Md Damiri Md Sairi to gazette the area.
The area, Md Damiri said, was ideal as a recreational park with its vast greenery, open spaces and ponds.
“The people of Batang Padang and Temoh want this place to be retained for their recreation and ensure it does not fall victim to development.
“And since it is located next to a hill slope, we are afraid it might suffer the same fate as Bukit Antarabangsa should development be carried out,” said Md Damiri.
He added that events such as canoeing and boating competitions had been held there previously.
Organised by Le Shuttle Event (M) Sdn Bhd, the challenge was the first of its kind to be held in the district.