Residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) criticised Federal Territories (FT) Minister Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s claim that Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK) park only measures 13 acres.
“It was highlighted to the minister that there is ample evidence showing that the original footprint of TRK was 25 acres and not 13 acres,” said TTDI Residents’ Association Chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar.
In fact, he highlighted that the park was clearly designated as a 25-acre green open space in the gazetted Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 and the Kuala Lumpur Draft City Plan 2020 (KLDCP 2020).
On Tuesday (19 December), Tengku Adnan claimed that TRK park has never been designated as a public park but is used as an open space by the public.
“This (upcoming) development would not touch the 13.3-acre area at all,” he said.
However, Abdul Hafiz countered that the Minister was shown documents during the Bicara Rakyat @ TTDI held on 3 November 2017 that the proposed mega project will occupy nearly half of the green lung.
The controversial development comprises a 29-storey affordable housing block with 350 units and six blocks of 42- and 52-storey luxury serviced apartments with 1,766 units. Overall, 2,116 homes will be built, increasing the area’s population density from 74 persons per acre to 979 persons per acre.
“We wish to categorically affirm that all our actions are purely made out of the concern to save, protect and preserve TRK in its entirety as displayed in the KLSP 2020 and KLDCP 2020 and it is a public interest initiative with no gains, financial or otherwise to be made by anyone, save for the preservation of TRK,” noted Abdul Hafiz.
He also disproved the Minister’s claim that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had held meetings with the TTDI residents concerning the high-density project on 20 July and 3 August 2017.
Abdul Hafiz said no such dialogues were held on the on aforementioned dates. While the Minister offered to meet and discuss the issue at his office, this has yet to happen despite emails seeking an appointment with him.
He also hoped that Tengku Adnan would waive the legal cost imposed on the TTDI residents after their stay application against the project was rejected by the Kuala Lumpur High Court last week.
“As this is a public interest matter, we urge him to show and display his compassion towards the rakyat by waiving entirely the cost awarded by the KL High Court to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) and KL Mayor.”
However, the FT Minister is unlikely to waive the cost. “Please don’t blame me and DBKL for the loss and the cost that the court has asked them to pay over the issue,” said Tengku Adnan.
“As I said, this land is to be developed and also to solve the housing issue of the longhouse residents. These people were estate workers in this area before the government took the land to develop TTDI, with a promise that they will be given new houses in the same area.”
In response to that, Abdul Hafiz clarified that they are not opposing the permanent shelter for the longhouse residents. In fact, they have proposed a RM15 million townhouse for them that will not affect TRK park. What they are vehement against is the destruction of this green lung.
Despite getting their stay application rejected, the KL High Court granted the TTDI residents leave to file a judicial review against DBKL on 23 August. The aim of this legal move is to invalidate the planning permission and development order (DO) granted for the controversial project.
Image sourced from Malay Mail.
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