Many were concerned why the state government would choose an area so close to the residential houses.
Dr. Salleh Mohd Nor said it was ridiculous to cut down the forest as there were other areas that could be looked into for burial purpose.
The forest reserve was the last remaining forest land close to KL. Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) used the area for their research.
In the 1980s the Selangor state government had de-gazetted the forest reserve for housing development to form the township of Kota Damansara and to please the critics, the govt built a smallish botanical garden with few pots of flowers and a few trees to resemble micro-mini forest.
Ironically, the state government is looking into private land to convert it to forest reserve via compulsory acquisition, using the law to force owner to surrender their land with meager compensation. It would be interesting to note that, years later, these acquired land will then be de-gazetted as residential development and given to some "special people" who "deserved" it.
What the govt did was fair and reasonable. The fact remains is that we chose them to do it and they did as expected. Be thankful to ourselves.