I am a frequent visitor to the Lake Gardens.
Sometimes I jog there during the weekends. Other times, I would have lunch with a club member at the Lake Club.
The gardens is actually a combination of several tourist attractions such as the National Monument, Deer park, Butterfly Park , Bird Park, Carcosa Seri Negara, The Forest Research Institute, Orchid garden and Hibiscus garden.
I think Lake Gardens is one of the most understated tourist spot for local and foreign visitors. It is also one of the biggest green lung of Kuala Lumpur. Without it, KL will be a few celcius hotter and flash floods will occur much frequently.
Hence, any plans involving this green site must have the people’s interests in it.
In June 2010, Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak tabled the 10th Malaysia Plan in parliament. In it, lay a paragraph that stated the plan for Lake Gardens.
The particular paragraph read:
The Government aims to provide an attractive and comfortable living environment for city dwellers to live, work and play. Open spaces and green areas will be created and improved. Among the initiatives to be implemented are the transformation of the Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur into a botanical garden and the setting up of a Malaysia Truly Asia Tourism Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Back in December 2009, an area nearby Carcosa Seri Negara was sequestered from the Government to build what is believed the retirement home for the former Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. It caused quite a furore as nobody seems to know how and when did the project received any approval from the relevant authoritative bodies.
Joggers were complaining because the noise and the mess created by the construction had disturbed the serene environment which Lake Gardens is famous for.
Anyhow, if there are any plans whatsoever made by the government to develop Lake Gardens within these 5 years, I am sure the people of Malaysia especially those who live in Kuala Lumpur have the right to know.
What are the details concerning this upcoming project?
Who will manage it?
Will it affect the eco-environment vis-a-vis the green lung?
What kind of investments are we looking at here?
Why do we need another Tourism Centre when the existing one can handle its job just fine?
How will this new project affect the people as a whole?