July 25, 2012
Residents initiate signature campaign for Taiping Lake Gardens
By CHERYL HEW
OVER 3,000 signatures were collected during a campaign to protest against the
Taiping Municipal Council’s plan to build several kiosks at the Taiping Lake Gardens.
Campaign organising chairman Teh Kok Lim said Taiping residents were unhappy over
the project funded by the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIR) due to its location at the most scenic
spot of the gardens.
The project, comprising eight kiosks selling food, handicraft and souvenir, will
be located near a bridge next to the Flemington Hotel carpark, which is near the garden’s priceless rain
“If the project continues, the new kiosks will block the view of the lake, while
potentially affecting the iconic rain trees.
For the lake: The residents putting down their signatures during the drive.
"We do want the project because it will bring more tourists to the area, but the
location is not suitable,” he said after participating in the signature campaign on Monday.
Teh said residents only learnt of the project after two signboards were placed at
the proposed area to set up the kiosks on July 14.
“We held several protests, which led to a dialogue session with the municipal
council on July 19.
“The council president said he will make a decision in a week’s time after getting
a second opinion from the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) on whether the project will affect the rain
“If we wait until the decision is made, it may be too late, thus we held the
signature campaign,” he said, adding that the campaign was ongoing and they hoped to collect 5,000 signature before
handing them to the council.
Council president Shahrom Abd Malik said they will wait for FRIM’s response before
making a decision.
“Once we get the second opinion, we will also consult the state government to get
more views,” he said.
Shahrom added that the project under the Special Area Plan, (RKK) was actually
approved and gazetted by the state government in 2010.
“The council wants to add value to the lake gardens by making it a popular tourist
“After taking care of the lake gardens for decades, we will not deliberately ruin
its beauty in any way,” he said.