The Selangor state government has applied for the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge to be gazetted as a national heritage site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The ridge is believed to be the largest and oldest in the world, dating back millions of years.
Speaking at the Tourism Summit 2015 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Elizabeth Wong, Selangor state exco member for tourism, consumer affairs and the environment, said the state government has plans to build an elevated structure to allow people to climb and look at the ridge without damaging it.
“This decision may not be popular with hikers and climbers but we cannot have thousands of people walking up and down and damaging the ridge,” she said. “Every week we get about 100 climbers and we are already seeing the effects.”
Anthony Wong, former chairman of sustainability at PATA, said: “Gazetting the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge is an excellent idea as the ridge is more than 10 million years old and fragile.
“We have to protect it and make it into an educational programme with opportunities for domestic and international tourism value. Plans to build an elevated pathway will make it safe for people while at the same time, it will not damage the ridge.”