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Park users & residents unhappy minister can’t save Rimba Kiara

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – November 28, 2018: Members of Resident Association of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI) are unhappy with Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad, who yesterday said it was not practical to cancel the residential development project just outside Rimba Kiara.

Association chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar declared today that he and the residents cannot accept Khalid’s explanation, adding that the minister can cancel the project if he has the political will.

“It is up to the authorities to deal with the developer. If they could overturn the decision on all those mega projects like the East Coast Railway Link, I don’t see why they can’t do this,” argued Hafiz.

It was reported that Khalid wanted residents to discuss the project instead of insisting for him to cancel it.

“I cannot do what they want. If we cancel the Taman Rimba Kiara project, that will entail a minimum payment of at least RM200 million,” Khalid was quoted as saying.

When asked if the residents would be willing to accept a downscaled project, Hafiz insisted that any public open space should remain as it is.

“We are not against a proper housing project for the long house settlers there. They have long waited for it but the project is not just that.

“One block, about 29 floors high, will be dedicated as affordable housing for the 100 families in the long houses….  we don’t mind that. But there will be another eight blocks of luxury condominiums slated to be built and this we cannot accept,” said Hafiz.

The issue started in June last year after residents were told about the development of eight blocks of serviced apartments, each 54 floors high, to be sited at the park’s car park.

While the residents were furious, the long house settlers welcomed it, as they will finally get the homes promised them after the government acquired the estate land where they used to live 36 years ago.

Since last year the residents and the developer have been in and out of the courts and today, the association was denied the request to quash the development order since the court found no illegality in it.

“We will discuss the decision with our lawyers and stakeholders. It is not over yet,” stated Hafiz.

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