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Highrise apartments may not harm Rimba Kiara

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – Sept 8, 2016: The Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association (Rehda) has countered claims that a highrise development close to a park will destroy the latter’s ecosystem.

It cited as an example how New York’s Central Park co-exist side-by-side with development.

To support this argument, the secretary of Rehda KL Chan Kin Meng mentioned that there are many modern techniques that allow developers to build while also protect the environment.

Thus, it’s too “broad-brush and theoretical” to simply assume that highrise projects will destroy an ecosystem.

Chan gave this view relating to objections by residents of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail against a plan to build several highrise blocks outside the entrance to the Rimba Kiara Park.

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“I think New York serves as a perfect example of a very dense city that also manages to have one of the best park, so it shows that it is possible to develop while at the same time protect the environment,” said Chan.

“New York’s Central Park is a world class park that is ringed with skyscrapers so to simply say that development is bad for trees is too broad-brush,” Chan said at a press conference after jointly officiating the 8th World Class Sustainable Cities Conference 2016 today.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall executive director (Planning) Datuk Mohd. Najib Mohd. Said further said the proposed project near the park in TTDI may even enhance its value.

Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk Dr. Loga Bala Mohan reminded that said people should also consider other aspects of the development.

These include providing affordable housing to urban dwellers and resettling those who have been living in longhouses near there for the last 32 years.

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“Sometimes we need to do certain development in order to accommodate the needs of others in the city as well,” said Loga

“We are going to give over 200 units to the longhouse settlers through a smart partnership with the developers.

“It is not okay to simply develop public spaces. We are not okay with that kind of attitude.

“But sometimes we need to do certain development in order to accommodate the needs of others in the city,” said Loga.

He also asked Malaysians to take an active role in helping the government preserve public spaces, especially those in urban areas.

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Zaidi Azmi

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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.