Residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) are requesting donations to finance their ongoing legal battle against a development that will allegedly destroy the Taman Rimba Kiara park.
This is after the Kuala Lumpur High Court ordered the residents on 14 December to pay RM40,000 in legal fees after rejecting their stay application against the project’s approver Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and its mayor, developer Memang Perkasa, landowner Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) and Sundarem Residents’ Association, the longhouse community that will benefit from development’s affordable housing component.
Despite this setback, the KL High Court has allowed the TTDI residents to pursue a judicial review against city hall and its mayor for granting a development order for the controversial project.
“We are seeking to raise funds in order to pay for expensive legal fees to challenge and correct this abuse of power/conflict of interest by DBKL and the Federal Territories Ministry.”
“Not only for TTDI but for a landmark legal decision, that will set higher standards of governance for public land and parks,” said a TTDI Residents’ Association spokesperson.
Those against the project argue that the site was originally gazetted as a green lung for the benefit of the public. But what the authorities are doing is tantamount to a covert land grab mainly for commercial purposes.
This is because the project consists of a 29-storey affordable housing block with 350 units intended for the longhouse residents, but the majority consists of 1,766 luxury serviced apartments located across six 42- and 52-storey buildings.
Not only will this development destroy the park, it will also boost the area’s population density from 74 persons per acre to 979 persons per acre, as a total of 2,116 houses will be built there.
Moreover, the TTDI RA representative is urging other residents to get involved in the fight to save Taman Rimba Kiara park, as it’s a matter of “national importance and the consequence will set a legal precedent for future cases”.
On Monday, an anonymous KL resident also wrote an open letter urging all residents in the capital to unite and make the government and companies accountable for carving out parks and public land for business purposes. Also, let them know that the public is aware that developers might be in cahoots with government officials.
“Know that this is not just about a park in TTDI, or a few parties unhappy with unsightly buildings. It is a pivotal initiative against land grabs and an end to the pattern of secretly-traded land that ends up with residents always being on the losing end.”
“This is about holding local authorities accountable. It is as much about fixing it systemically as it is about defending unjust developments in your own backyard. Enough is enough,” opined the author.
As such, the writer of the open letter is calling residents to express their sentiments on the internet and social media in regards to the controversial project and their wish to save Taman Rimba Kiara park.
For those interested in donating to this cause, please visit this link.
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