Furious at finding metal structures erected on a parcel of land they once considered a green lung, Taman Fadason residents said they are ready to take the protest at the doors of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in two weeks.
In fact, the residents have already staged a demonstration near the land in Jalan 3/17.
The residents first learned of the planned construction in November 2016, when a DBKL notice board stated that a commercial area, as well as a furniture showroom, would rise at the site, said Fadason Villa Residents’ Association Chairman Govindasamy Muthen.
“By right, DBKL has to consult us as residents but they have not reached out to us for any discussions,” he said.
“The land was cleared last month, and the metal structures were placed at the end of December.”
He noted that there was talk in 2014 that a food court would be built on the site.
“A commercial area here will not only result in congestion but will also cause a number of other issues relating to health problems, such as an increase in mosquitoes, rats or other pests,” said Govindasamy.
He added that residents have been pleading for the plot of land to remain a green lung or be turned into a recreational park.
“We have been fighting for many years to see the land turned into a recreational park, a community hall or a space for the community,” said Mutiara Fadason Residents’ Association Vice-chairman Mohd Hamid.
With many children living in the area, Hamid believes that it would be of benefit if the land is used for a school.
A land search conducted by Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping showed that the land belonged to the Federal Land Commissioner / Pesuruhjaya Tanah Persekutuan (PTP). A signboard at the site also indicated that it was reserved for the Education Ministry’s use.
“We don’t know if the land is to be used for a furniture shop or food court because there was no signboard after we sent the objection letter and DBKL has not invited any residents associations for discussions on the matter,” said Yee.
“I have attempted to contact DBKL but they have not responded either…We want DBKL to stop the project immediately and discuss turning it into a community space for the benefit of those living in the area. Otherwise, we will take the protest to DBKL in two weeks.”
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