KUALA LUMPUR – May 16, 2017: An online survey by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) which was subsequently taken down was enough to cause an outcry although it was up for merely a few hours.
The survey had asked people living within in this federal commercial capital to indicate their favourite recreational park.
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail’s (TTDI) Rimba Kiara Park, which is currently embroiled in a controversial residential development plan, was leading by an overwhelming margin when the survey seemed to have been abruptly called off.
This caused much dissatisfaction, especially from those living in TTDI, with many expressing their dissatisfaction in a closed TTDI community Facebook group, with many of them accusing DBKL of wanting to use the findings to justify the plan.
The Mole has no authorisation to reproduce the comments at the closed Facebook group.
Nonetheless, a screen shot taken moments before the supposedly three-day survey was taken down showed that the Rimba Kiara Park had, by 12.57 pm, garnered 6,197 votes.
DBKL later today issued a statement denying that it was to specifically use the results as justification to approve the development.
“The poll was to get the public’s feedback over the condition of the park’s facilities,” read the statement from DBKL corporate planning director Khalid Zakaria.
The findings, added the statement, will be used to improve DBKL’s efforts to improve conditions at parks.
“The claim that has been widely shared through the WhatsApp application is not true,” Khalid wrote.
The controversy started in June last year after DBKL put up a notice at the park to inform residents that the land being used as a car park there would be developed.
The development will involve nine tower blocks of luxury apartments, going as high as 54 storeys, and one block for the settlers who have been living at the far end of the land for about three decades.