KUALA LUMPUR – July 30, 2020: It looks like the long, drawn-out battle to preserve Taman Rimba Kiara is far from over.
One thing is for certain — the Segambut member of parliament Hannah Yeoh has remained resolute in fighting this battle alongside the Taman Tun Dr Ismail community.
For the past four years, a plan to built 24-storey high-rise condominiums and a block of affordable homes near the park has generated a continuous series of protests from the TTDI residents who want the park to stay encroachment-free.
Yeoh had called for an emergency press conference at the football field of Taman Rimba Kiara today after she was informed that there were indications of encroachment into the park.
Also present were Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil and TTDI Residents Association (TTDIRA) chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar.
“We know the residents’ fight against the development of Taman Rimba Kiara is still ongoing and has yet to be settled at the Court of Appeal,” said Yeoh.
“Yesterday, our staff received news about some works going on at this park…and the TTDIRA were told that the contractor who spoke to them said they were ordered to put up some poles and cement on this field.”
She also accused Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) – which along with Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd are the developers of the project – of taking the residents for a ride by telling them for months that the park would not be encroached upon.
“Why do this on a long weekend while the residents are going away to their kampung? Why do this like a thief at night? This is very last minute… And who are they to come in and bulldoze just like that?” Yeoh exclaimed.
She urged Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa to show consideration towards the TTDI residents and not to “take them for granted.”
“We are going to fight them all the way, and we will not allow them to touch Taman Rimba Kiara. Please honour the premise and preserve our green lungs.
“I’d also like to tell the minister (Annuar) from Kereteh, Kelantan that this is Kuala Lumpur. This is not like Kereteh, so we want outsiders to stop making decisions like this for us… We know what’s best for us in KL, and what’s best for us is to keep our green lungs intact,” said Yeoh.
Meanwhile, Fahmi said he also stood in solidarity with the TTDI community.
“We must prioritise the general welfare and the greater good of the people…and what is the greater good in this circumstance? Kuala Lumpur continues to lose its green, and we wish for a lot more areas to remain green,” he said.
Unsettled by the recent announcement from the KL City Hall on the name change of Taman Rimba Kiara to Taman Awam Bukit Kiara, Fahmi criticised Annuar for “his lack of concern towards the TTDI community.”
“I’d like YB Annuar Musa to come here, hear the residents out and perhaps form a new town hall…”
“I’m also inviting our fellow friends from YWP and the City Hall to come and explain why they made a decision to rename this park without consulting the residents beforehand,” he added.