Despite the protests held by the residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) still issued the development order for a proposed high-rise project near Taman Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
The move frustrated residents as the site was designated as a green lung under the Kuala Lumpur City Draft Plan 2020.
Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan’s proposed development on Lot PT 9244, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad includes a block of affordable homes for longhouse residents as well as eight blocks of 42- to 54-storey serviced apartments with 1,766 units.
As such, the existing plot ratio of “1:60 to a whopping 1:979 is detrimental to the lifestyle here,” said Residents Association (RA) chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar, who criticised DBKL for ignoring the residents’ collective protests.
“We were expecting feedback from DBKL after our hearing to object to the development on Aug 29 last year, but we were met with silence…Apart from the RA, the Friends of Bukit Kiara (FoBK) is also against the project,” he said.
The residents held two mass protests at Taman Bukit Kiara in June and August to show their dissatisfaction over the development. They also delivered protest letters and a 5,000-signature petition to Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, reported The Star.
However, Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor reportedly said that he was supporting the housing project for the former Bukit Kiara estate residents.
Hafiz explained that while the residents support DBKL’s effort in building affordable homes without involving private developers, they wanted Taman Rimba Kiara to be spared.
“The provision of reasonable housing facilities to the former workers and families of a rubber plantation company is the government’s responsibility,” he said.
“The site was part of the Bukit Kiara land acquired under the National land Code from the plantation company.”
And private land that is acquired should be left for public use only, under the National Land Code.
“We are only asking that Taman Rimba Kiara remain an open space. It has been earmarked to be gazetted as a public park.”
Image sourced from The Star
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