(File pix) Construction disrupts reserve wildlife. (pix by NURUL SHAFINA JEMENON)

I am a teenager living in Taman Bukit Cheras, next to a forest reserve.

Recently, there has been activity in the vicinity of the forest reserve, which I believe is connected to the construction of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway.

A protected species, the civet cat, lives in the reserve, as do creatures such as birds and squirrels.

Ever since the construction began, the civet cats, which were rarely sighted, have been appearing, especially in the ceiling of my house and that of my neighbours.

I believe this is due to the construction, which has disturbed their habitat. The civet cats should be allowed to live freely in the forest reserve. It is their home.

The animals make loud noises in the ceiling at night. Besides fearing for their safety, I’m also concerned that they might cause damage.

I hope the expressway contractors will be more sensitive to the environment and exercise more care so as not to disturb the animals that live in the forest.

I. C.

Cheras, Kuala Lumpur

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