By Jerry Choong
SHAH ALAM, Jan 30 — The state government is looking to set a minimum but mandatory standards for camping grounds operators in Selangor, which they must comply with.
State executive councillor of local government and public transportation Ng Sze Han said the authorities will focus on the categories of camping activities which depend on the facilities and services provided by the operator, as well as the location of the camping activities.
“Today the three-day Selangor Camping Activities’ Business Management Guidelines Preparation Workshop commences, with participation from 16 representatives of various ministries, departments, agencies, local authorities, and state government subsidiaries companies.
“They include Local Government Development Ministry representatives, the Hulu Selangor Municipal Council, the Public Works Department, PLANMalaysia @ Selangor, the Forestry Department, the Selangor State Land and District Office, and Tourism Selangor Sdn Bhd,” he said in a statement yesterday.
On the part of camping associations and their related industry, eleven organisations were represented during the town hall session, which took place prior to the workshop.
The attendees include the Malaysia Inbound Tourism Association, Campsite Owners Hulu Selangor, Family Camping Malaysia, the Malaysia Camping Association, and The Nest @ Maeps Mardi Serdang.
“The information provided by the presenters during the town hall session has been very valuable, as the data and findings have been heard by all government representatives.
“In my opening speech, I emphasised the importance of the guidelines to be developed, which must be comprehensive and take into account the categories of camping sites, the planning and approval of activity sites, the associated risks and safety, as well as the source of legal authority for licensed camping activity businesses,” Ng said.
The councillor expressed his confidence in the workshop’s ability to fully benefit all participants involved, so the prepared guidelines can be tabled to the state government in the nearest future, for further consideration and approval.
In the early hours of December 16 last year, a massive landslide measuring nearly 300 meters (m) in distance and 70m high occurred at the Father’s Organic Farm campsite in Batang Kali, affecting 92 nearby campers, 31 of whom perished while 61 survived.