KUALA LUMPUR – September 12, 2017: Residents of Taman Melawati in Gombak are taking a promise by Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali to build a public park near their homes with a pinch of salt.
According to chairman of the residents association Razman Hakimi Abdullah, there is still a lot of scepticism after Azmin yesterday responded positively to their protest over the relocation of the planned park.
Five years ago, the residents were told they would get a public park in exchange for allowing a developer to build a shopping mall on land near their homes that used to be a football field.
However, early this year they were made to understand the park would be built elsewhere and the original site to be used for a convention centre instead.
“I’d like to believe in what Azmin said but first I would like to see some documents,” Razman told The Mole today.
He added that the scepticism was mostly due to the delay and change of the site.
He also pointed that buyers of the Gaya and Serini apartments there, tenants of the Melawati Mall and others were initially made to understand they would have a central park five years ago, which some now believe was just a marketing gimmick by the developer.
Another resident, who wished to be identified only as Sujatha said that she will try to not be sceptical.
“I believe many of us here would like to be positive. Hopefully the MB will indeed do the right thing,” she commented.
As for now, a petition started Thursday by the in protest against the relocation has garnered almost 4,000 signatures.