In life, we can’t refrain ourselves from choosing. Sometimes, it is just impossible to have all, and we need to choose.
Choices are for the betterment or for the worst. It is our call, really.
#TSBreakAway has taught me a lot over a short period of time. It gave me the opportunity to broaden my horizon and analyzed my everyday’s life.
On my 3rd day of the program, I managed to wander on my own and I ended up at Bukit Gasing [Gasing Hill], Petaling Jaya. Upon reaching the entrance, I met 2 amazing people, Uncle Gordon, a 63 years old man who is still fit and hike the hill 3 times a week, and Auntie Selvarani, a 51 years old lady who does not look like she is in her 50s at all.
Talking to them, having a conversation with them under the hot 2.00 pm sun was an eye opener. Being regulars of Bukit Gasing, they shared with me about their worries of the future of the hill.
I have hiked the hill once last year. I understand their feelings.
It is an open secret that the KL part of the hill had been sold to developers for future development. It is not a secret that the hill had experienced multiple landslides as of late.
As Uncle Gordon put it:
“These people who developed the hill have no respect to the environment. They are selfish. This is a very rare, precious green lung in PJ and KL area“.
Is it true that to develop the place, the trees must be cut? The green lung must be cleared?
Is it true that we do not have the choice?
“You see, Khairul. I can only be happy through nature. If the nature is not happy, I cannot be happy… I feel sad and want to cry when they cut the trees. To develop and cut the trees is an excuse. You can integrate the trees with the development“,
the teary-eyed Aunty Selvarani explained to me.
As I hiked the hill alone on that day, I lost. I did not exit the hill from the way I came. Instead, I exited at Pantai Dalam, on the KL side of the hill.
But I am glad for this misadventure of mine as I could see with my very own eyes, the sad reality of Bukit Gasing.
While the PJ part is still intact with lush greeneries, the KL side of the hill is an eyesore.
I could see monkeys playing on the tarred road. Dust everywhere. Blocks and blocks of flats welcomed me to the place.
Is this what we want to inherit to the future generation?
We do have a choice, don’t we?
Bukit Gasing Forest Park
Main Entrance – Located on Jalan Tanjung (5/4), look for the wooden archway and trail signs.
Playground Entrance – Located just 50 meters from the main entrance, look for the playground across the street and follow the fence line track uphill that starts next to the house.
North Entrance – A narrow alley is marked with a trail map and rubbish bins. A 10-15 minute walk from the main entrance, follow Jalan Tanjung (5/4) north and turn right on Lorong 5/4J and then a quick left to the end house. Turn right down the alley and look for the signs and small footbridge. This is a residential area with no extra parking, please be mindful not to disturb anyone or block access to their homes.
Thank you to Tourism Selangor for organizing the event, Canon for the camera loaned to me, Uncle Gordon and Auntie Selvarani for the unforgettable conversation, and each and everyone who had contributed to the awesome experience. Check out http://tsbreakaway.my for further info.
-This is entry #3 for #TSBreakAway-
-This is also an entry for the CANON Photo-Storytelling Challenge-