SAVE OUR TRAIL, SAVE BUKIT KEMBARA
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Bukit Kembara is a popular hiking trail in Ampang used by residents, students from schools in the area, as well as avid hikers (young and old) for over 35 years. The entrance to the trail starts in Taman TAR and leads up to a dis-used reservoir which is surrounded by the Ampang Forest Reserve.
It is a relatively easy trail suitable for the casual hiker and senior citizens. The route is a scenic one with streams and waterfalls along the way which makes it a haven from the hustle and bustle of the city. The cleanliness and upkeep of the trail is also maintained on a voluntary basis by a group of senior hikers.
In August 2017, a steel fence with barbed wire was erected by a small group of residents at the entrance of the trail, citing security issues. The fence was removed by MPAJ, after numerous complaints from the public, as it was erected without obtaining the relevant approvals, and therefore deemed illegal.
Residents and hikers alike were very happy with the swift action by MPAJ. However, our joy was short lived, as a second fence with barbed wire was erected in October 2017 by the same group of people. This time the fence was placed further along the trail, and across the stream which obstructed the flow of water and posed as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
A meeting was held between MPAJ, the Forestry Department, representatives from the residents' association as well as the hikers group. MPAJ concluded that the fence should be taken down as the land was state land. This was contended by a few representatives of the residents' association, as they claimed that the land in question was privately owned.
As such, we are now seeking to obtain official access to the trail for all the residents and students in the area, as well as hikers from near and far. We hope that you will support our cause to save our beloved trail and maintain access to Bukit Kembara for the general public.
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