Kuala Lumpur Mayor Amin Nordin Abd Aziz has slammed reports that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has been illegally approving development projects.
“All development projects in Kuala Lumpur must go through DBKL’s planning committee,” he said.
“The projects must be vetted by the One-Stop Centre (OSC). This is mandatory [for approval]. There are no illegal projects.”
His statement came after Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman, head of civil group Selamatkan KL or Save KL (SKL), reportedly claimed that DBKL has been approving projects illegally.
According to Abdul Aziz, the group is protesting new projects approved in densely populated suburbs.
He also noted that DBKL had altered development plans without passing through the proper legal process, while failing to approve the local plan of the city within a reasonable time.
With this, Amin revealed that private landowners looking to develop their land must make submissions to DBKL.
“We will have to bring it to the OSC for approval. If they do not get the approval. We will stop the project for sure.”
This is because all projects should have planning approval. “That is our standard operating procedure,” he said.
He explained that DBKL have been engaging various organisations on the development projects in Kuala Lumpur.
“If the group thinks that the city is overdeveloped, we have been having meetings with the Special Task Force to Facilitate Business (Pemudah) every two months…We will discuss the developments in Kuala Lumpur and compare them with other cities in Asia such as Bangkok and Jakarta,” said Amin.
“Compared to these cities, our density is still low per capita.”
Given the city’s low density, high-rise buildings have been made a priority.
“Our population is low. So what they (SKL) are talking about doesn’t make sense…We have been constantly engaging with Pemudah and they have been supporting us.”
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