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Hannah slams Khalid over Rimba Kiara controversy

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — March 25, 2019: Segambut Member of Parliament, Hannah Yeoh has rubbished the claim by Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad that the government has to pay a  RM150 million for aborting the controversial development plan at the Rimba Kiara Park here.

Describing it as “an imaginary figure”,  Yeoh in her statement today said she opposed the project and accused Khalid of jumping the gun when he cited the figure that has yet to be proven.

“This alleged “RM150 million compensation” is an imaginary figure and needs to be supported by receipts or proof of payment for the alleged transactions,” said Yeoh who is also the Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development.

She believed that the only acceptable scaled-down version of the development was that it must not go beyond the four acres plot of land which currently houses the long house settlement near the park.

Yeoh, essentially rejects the proposed development of luxurious condominiums slated at the park’s four acre car park.

The controversy started three years ago. Initially, the total acreage slated for the development was 12 acres but then reduced to eight acres after the residents’ protest.

In an interview last week, Khalid had asked the defenders of the park to “move on” as the contentious development at the park was lawful, adding that cancelling it requires Kuala Lumpur City Hall to pay between RM150 – 200 million in compensation to the developer.

“Why should I waste good money for that? I am not hurting the developer. We’re only hurting ourselves. We can’t just simply pay and cancel everything back. It does not work that way,” said Khalid in the 39-minute interview.

Khalid’s statement had also earned the ire of the park’s defenders, particularly members of the residents association of Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.