Malaysia’s High Court last week has granted the residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) its petition for judicial review against Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz for attempting to build a housing project in the Taman Rimba Kiara park.
The judicial papers have been sent to both respondents on 28 August, and the case management has been set next Wednesday (6 August), said Leon Koay, Committee Coordinator of the Save Taman Rimba Kiara Working Group, which has been protesting against the proposed project since it was announced in 2016.
DBKL and its mayor are expected to be present on that day, he shared, adding that case management refers to the process whereby the court registrar decides the timetable for the case, including the deadline for submitting required documents.
Under the request for judicial review, the plaintiffs hope to get a court order voiding the conditional planning permission granted by city hall to the project developer Memang Perkasa on 28 February and the development order approved by DBKL on 13 July 2017.
They also want the court to require both respondents to adopt and gazette the KL Draft City Plan 2020.
“The focus of the application is on the basis of why they made the decision like this, and whether they went through the right processes and demonstrated the right kind of diligence in the making of this decision,” Koay noted.
Moreover, the plaintiffs hope that the High Court would grant their request for a temporary injunction against the project so there won’t be any construction activity as the case is being deliberated.
“The character of this place is a green space and we won’t allow the development in the park,” he added.
Notably, the project comprises eight blocks of luxury serviced apartments and a 29-storey building containing a total of 350 low-cost homes intended for longhouse residents in TTDI.
It also involves the construction of a flyover and a six-lane highway as the area’s population density is expected to increase from 74 to 979 people per acre one the project is completed.
Image sourced from NST.
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