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The Fate of Broga     

Broga Hill taken in 2008

Broga Hill taken in 2008

Broga Hill taken in 2009

Broga Hill taken in 2009

“Leave Broga Alone”! This was a message delivered to the BN government 7 years ago. Broga is a small town that straddles the border of Selangor and Negeri Sembilan. The place was widely made known to the public, when the Malaysian Government proposed a RM1.5 billion incinerator to be build there, back in 2002. Since then, the residents in the surrounding Semenyih area have been protesting against the federal government to scrape off the mega project.

In June 2008, I followed my gang to hike Broga Hill, a reef knoll full of wild reeds (known as lalang in Malay), situated some 1km from Broga Town. It was an easy trail for beginners. Journey from the foot hill to the 2nd peak (3 peaks in total) takes around 1 hour leisurely. It was a great hiking trip and the rest was history. You can view my Broga Photoset taken back in 2008 here.

In December 2009, I went back to Broga Hill with my colleagues. To my surprise, now it looks more like a tourist attraction than a hiker’s heaven! It’s like a night market now for god sake!

By 6am, there are already 2 rows of cars parked by the roadside, stretching for at least 200 meters.

0600 - Night Market

0600 - Night Market

By 7am, people “invading” along the trail to the 1st peak.

0700 - Invading

0700 - Invading

By 7.30am, 1st peak conquered and a few hundreds heading up to 2nd peak.

0730 - Conquered

0730 - Conquered

By 8am, people still coming up the hill!

0800 - Still Coming

0800 - Still Coming

Click here to see my 2009 Broga Photoset.

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