FOLKS in Cameron Highlands are involved over the proposed plan for an out of doors theme park.
These interviewed by StarMetro felt that the venture to be developed by Sim Leisure Group was not the precise match.
Dealer Hafizah Abdul Malek stated such a improvement was not wanted because the highlands was recognized extra for its sights resembling tea plantations and strawberry farms.
“As an area born and raised right here, I feel the venture will do extra hurt than good.
“There are already so many instances of air pollution and a number of landslide incidents right here,” stated the 29-year-old.
“I feel we have to promote the Orang Asli tradition as an alternative of constructing a theme park,” she added.
A retiree, who wished to be recognized solely as Sim, is apprehensive the event will harm the atmosphere.
“The development could require clearing of areas and felling of massive bushes, which can then have an effect on our water supply,” he stated.
Plans for the nature-based journey park have been made recognized after a video went viral, sparking discussions on a number of social media platforms.
The primary section of the theme park, spanning a 24.3ha valley at an elevation of 220m, is scheduled to open within the first half of 2023.
It was additionally reported that the European-themed improvement would be the first of its sort within the area to supply an out of doors ski attraction.
A web based petition was initiated lately to cease the venture.
The park developer, Sim Leisure Group, was quoted within the media on Aug 3 giving assurance that the theme park would protect the pure atmosphere of the highlands with a low influence improvement method in design and execution.
Non-governmental organisation MyHutan campaigner Aidil Iman Aidid, 22, stated that though the developer promised to protect the atmosphere, the ecosystem may nonetheless be altered.
“Nature is greatest protected when it’s left alone.
“Cameron Highlands’ excessive rainfall, fuelled additional by local weather change, could lead to landslides.
“We don’t want one other theme park. The highlands ought to retain its tranquility,” he stated.
Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia president Andrew Sebastian stated he was shocked that the venture can be developed on an already ecologically strained and erosion-prone space.
“We will solely anticipate the Environmental Influence Evaluation report,” he stated.
When contacted, Sim Leisure Group founder and chief govt Sim Choo Kheng stated they might proceed to uphold the peace of mind given in regards to the venture.
“We perceive the environmental issues expressed by the general public, however we guarantee the general public of our long-term dedication to preserving the atmosphere, not solely in Cameron Highlands however throughout all our initiatives as nicely.
“We’ll take the identical method we had in Penang to deal with the issues in Cameron Highland for this venture.
“Whereas the venture has been referenced as a theme park improvement, it’s actually a nature-based journey park,” he added.
It was reported that the venture marked the third Escape model of theme parks in Malaysia, after Escape Penang and Escape Problem in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Sim had additionally stated that the choice to construct a theme park in Cameron Highlands was due to the vacation spot’s untapped potential, including that it had extra to supply than “simply good climate, greens and strawberries”.