KUALA LUMPUR — December 20, 2017: After it was pointed out by a minister yesterday that the Taman Rimba Kiara has never been gazetted as a public park, those for the green lung in the Taman Tun Dr. Ismail area don’t give two hoots about its status.
A look earlier today at the TTDI Facebook group showed many negative reactions to yesterday’s statement by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor regarding the proposed residential development adjoining the park that is a popular venue for recreational and sports activities, certainly on weekends and public holidays.
In his statement, the minister often referred to as Ku Nan said the proposed development will provide proper housing, especially for the poor and those needing affordable homes in KL.
He was referring to Ku Nan’s statement which mentioned that the development will help solve the problem of those staying in longhouses near the park for the past 30 years.
SP Koo described the minister’s reason for agreeing with the development as laughable.
“I really laugh at his (Tengku Adnan’s) ‘excuse’ that Taman Rimba Kiara is not gazetted. Well, the WHOLE of Kuala Lumpur is not gazetted because there is no local/city plan at all! So technically, the Twin Towers can also be demolished to become a park if he wants to,” Khoo wrote.
Another commentator, Jasmin Lim, also expressed her disappointment.
“Not gazetted, so build some more? This is truly an act out of greediness. My kids grew up here with the park and have so many fond memories of it. Well, they’re not getting my vote.” wrote Lim.
Yesterday, the TTDI Residents Association issued a statement as an immediate reaction, with its chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar clarifying that there was never any public engagement between the community and Tengku Adnan on July 20 and and August 3 as claimed by the minister, who however met and talked with residents on November 3.
Former Subang Jaya assemblyman Lee Hwa Beng questioned on Twitter Ku Nan’s excuse for the development.