A mystery project now under construction on the former site of a park in Medan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur has earned the ire of several members of Parliament (MPs) and stakeholders, reported The Star.
This comes as the green space and playground was removed in October 2016 without Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) undergoing through the standard operating procedure of having a project notice or objection notice board at the site prior to construction.
“We do not know what the building is going to be used for,” said Bukit Bintang MP Fung Kui Lun, who plan to raise the matter up in the next Parliament seating.
“Our enquiries and objection letters to DBKL have gone unanswered for more than six months… How can a green lung be sold off without an open tender or a development start without a public objection hearing?”
DBKL had announced in March 2016 plans to make the park a part of a community-oriented rejuvenation initiative.
Dubbed Signature Park Programme, the initiative was launched by DBKL with community-based urban rejuvenation organisation Think City Sdn Bhd at the junction of Jalan Khoo Teik Ee and Medan Imbi.
Proposed plans for the project included children’s playground, seating area and elevated walkway.
Months later, people were surprised that the plans failed to materialise, and found a building under construction instead, said Fung.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said a stop-work order should have been issued by DBKL upon receiving objection letters.
A Think City spokesman revealed that the organisation had submitted a proposal for two pocket parks to DBKL, which the latter supported in principle.
“That led to our first engagement session with the local community to get their feedback on the proposal, which is a key component of our community-centric approach to improving public spaces,” said the spokesman.
“Since then, we were informed that a different direction would be taken so there was no further advancement made in this project.”
Image sourced from The Star
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