Bukit Kiara fence not friendly to wildlife

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPEAK UP -

THERE is a joke go­ing round at Bukit Kiara that if you want to be bit­ten by a snake then head to the so-called “wildlife-friendly” fence and take a walk or jog along the perime­ter of the fence. To make it more com­fort­able for walk­ers and jog­gers, the author­ity in charge – the Na­tional Land­scape De­part­ment – has built a foot­path along a 2km stretch next to the fence.

On a se­ri­ous note, many snakes can be found strug­gling to find a way (through the fence) to get to the other side but to no avail. This is be­cause of the con­crete 6 inch (15cm) plinth or base of the fence which makes it im­pos­si­ble for any wildlife to go un­der it to reach the other side. And there is no way any an­i­mal can jump over the 3.5m high fence. As a mem­ber of Friends of Bukit Kiara, I would like to ask the di­rec­tor­gen­eral of the Land­scape De­part­ment in what way is the 4.7km-long fence friendly to wildlife.

I have walked along this stretch many times and I never fail to have a sud­den en­counter with snakes. So please be­ware if you want to take up this chal­lenge and be on guard all the time.

The pic­ture tells it all. You be the judge whether the fence is friendly to the wildlife.

The DG should walk along this stretch to see for him­self the agony, an­guish and dis­tress of the snakes and other an­i­mals in des­per­ately want­ing to go to the other side of the fence but can­not do so.

To demon­strate my se­ri­ous­ness I don’t mind ac­com­pa­ny­ing him.

Friends of Bukit Kiara has made nu­mer­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tions to tear down the fence but there has been no re­sponse.

We urge the DG to re­con­sider the mat­ter and agree that the wildlife in Bukit Kiara should be able to move around eas­ily in their nat­u­ral habi­tat with­out any man-made ob­struc­tions. They have suf­fered long enough.

Many na­ture en­thu­si­asts are won­der­ing why there is a need for a fence at all.

Pola Singh Mem­ber of Friends of Bukit Kiara

The fence in Bukit Kiara.

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