Authorities Close Down Broga Hill After Hordes Of Visitors Violate SOP

Photos of hikers lining up to enter Broga Hill previously went viral on social media.

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Popular hiking destination Broga Hill in Semenyih has been ordered to close for two weeks starting Saturday, 27 June

Director of the Hulu Langat Disaster Management Committee Yusri Zakariah told Harian Metro that after a meeting with the Selangor Health and Safety Committee, they have agreed to cease operations at the recreational park.

"The director of the Selangor Health and Safety Committee will issue an order for the closure of Broga Hill according to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act," he explained.

Authorities found that standard operating procedures (SOP) were violated in the area

In another report by Harian Metro, Kajang Municipal Council (MPKJ) explained that the recreational area is not overseen by them as the entrance is under the supervision of the land's private owner.

Meanwhile, MPKJ Public Relations Officer Kamarul lzlan Sulaiman said that they did not expect to be visited by a big crowd.

"We did not expect that so many hikers would come and maybe it is because hiking activities are now allowed during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO)," he said.

"Besides, the place has always been the focus of many hikers before this so they definitely took advantage to visit the area last weekend."

Photos of hikers lining up to enter Broga Hill last weekend went viral on social media

The National Security Council previously announced that hiking activities would be permitted starting from 15 June, subjected to SOPs in line with COVID-19 transmission prevention.

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