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Khalid wants Rimba Kiara defenders to pay for their park

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — March 26, 2019: Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad wants defenders of the Rimba Kiara Park to be prepared to pay any compensation which may be incurred if the government is to cancel the proposed project there.

Khalid was responding to Segambut Member of Parliament Hannah Yeoh and her supporters who expressed skepticism over the RM150 million abortion fee that he cited as the reason to proceed with a scaled-down version of the project.

“To those who think that the abortion fee is imaginary, please prepared a letter of guarantee stating that they will pay this so-called fictitious fee if City Hall (DBKL) was to retract the project’s development order,” read Khalid’s statement today.

Khalid had nonetheless admitted that Yeoh was right when she claimed that the supposed abortion fee he had previously cited was not an actual figure.

“I was made to understand that the mentioned figure was the cost filed by the developer when they were previously dragged to the court. However, I was told that exact cost (of the abortion fee) will only be decided by the court,” he explained.

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 of Taman Tun Dr Ismail protested.

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.

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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.