Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh described claims that cancelling the proposed project at Taman Rimba Kiara would cost over RM150 million as “mythical”, saying such allegation needs to be supported by evidence.
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad had reportedly said that he would let the Cabinet decide on whether the proposed development at Taman Rimba Kiara would proceed or be cancelled, with the developer paid a compensation cost of more than RM150 million, reported Malay Mail.
Khalid reportedly noted that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would be the one shouldering the compensation cost given that it was the one that granted the development order.
“This alleged ‘RM150 million compensation’ is an imaginary figure and needs to be supported by receipts or proof of payment for the alleged transactions,” stated Yeoh, who also serves as Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister.
“The FT Minister must not jump the gun in putting a mythical price tag for cancellation of the proposed development especially in light of the revelation made by C4.”
Yeoh was referring to anti-graft watchdog Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), which she claimed “provided fresh revelation of conflict of interest involving Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan” in the proposed development. She believes the matter is currently being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
On the alternative proposal of Khalid to continue with the proposed project at Taman Rimba Kiara but at a smaller scale, Yeoh underscored that such option should not touch the green lung, except for the present footprint of longhouses within the site.