Residents of Jinjang Utara Tambahan and parents who have children studying in SMK Jinjang as well as its teachers are opposed to the construction of a food court and showroom on nearby land set aside for schools, reported The Star.
On 28 April, a construction firm informed the four households presently occupying the 2,367 sqm land that the government has allowed it to lease the property, said Kepong Gerakan Parliamentary Coordinator Ong Siang Liang.
In the letter it handed out, the company said it would be leasing the land for 36 months starting from 1 November 2017 until 31 October 2020.
However, residents don’t want the construction to proceed due to its potential negative impact on the area’s residents and students of SMK Jinjang, which is adjacent to the land.
“There will be increased traffic, noise pollution and parking issues,” said Ong.
As such, he is calling the Land Office and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to place more importance in the wellbeing of the residents and students than business interests.
“I will be sending a letter to the land office and DBKL highlighting this matter.”
According How Ken Kon, Chairman of SMK Jinjang Parent-Teacher Association, they are against any development that would not benefit the schoolchildren.
“The welfare of the students and schooling environment must be considered before the local authorities permit any commercial project. This school produces brilliant students, and we are concerned by this development.”
“Traffic here is already a problem as the roads surrounding this area are narrow. It will become worse if this project is allowed,” he explained, adding that the space can be used for SMK Jinjang’s expansion, as many children living in the vicinity had to go to other schools due to limited space.
Furthermore, 58-year-old Low Ang Liong, who is representing the four households occupying the land, revealed that they have been paying their assessment tax since 1993.
“We had already paid for the first half of this year,” he added.
Image sourced from The Star