KUALA LUMPUR – September 8, 2017: Five years ago, residents of Taman Melawati in Gombak were promised a 3.37-acre park which however remains just a plan until today.
The park was apparently a goodwill gesture from Sime Darby Property to them for allowing the company to build a shopping mall on a site that used to be a football field. The project received the approval of the Ampang Jaya City Council (MPAJ).
However, earlier this year the plan was changed.
It is now slated to be built at another location — a three- acre plot sandwiched between an apartment property and water supply pipeline from the Klang Gates Dam.
According to resident Razman Hakimi Abdullah, the residents were made to understand that Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is also the member of parliament for Gombak, suggested that the land originally meant for the park to be developed into a convention centre instead.
Frustrated with how things unfolded, several residents yesterday put up an online petition at a global petition host website, change.org.
Already garnering 2,241 pledges and still counting, the petition points out that MPAJ had opened a tender for the construction of the convention centre on May 12 and closed on June 9.
According to the petition, MPAJ has, without divulging any details, informed the residents that there will not be a public hearing on the convention centre plan.
The petition also questions the need to build the convention, adding that it will worsen traffic congestion.
“Do we really need a specific big building for weddings, feasts, events and all that in Taman Melawati now that our place is less green than it used to be?” reads the petition.
The residents will hold a press conference tomorrow in front of Azmin’s public service centre that is also located near the original site of the proposed park.
Repeated attempts to get a clarification from MPAJ were unsuccessful.