Maintaining a Forest in Shah Alam by and for the People, Hopefully Forever

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A small passionate group in Shah Alam works to preserve the jungle in their backyard.

Slashing and chopping doesn’t come naturally to Alicia Teoh, a tall and elegant city girl. But that doesn’t deter her from picking up and wielding a fearsome parang (machete) when she has to.

After all, there is no other way to carve out a trail in a dense jungle.

Teoh, 38, is undertaking a mega project, and it is not just about making jungle trails, although that is a big part of it.

She is working to get conservation status for a tract of forest in Selangor and to have it recognised as a community-managed site. To achieve this aim, she and a small committee of six are striving to make it a popular destination for outdoor lovers.


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