KUALA LUMPUR – November 26, 2017: On November 3, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor promised that he will never touch the currently-controversial Rimba Kiara Park.
Many believed he lied.
Because three days after saying so, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), an agency under the ministry, had approved the construction of a property showroom concerning a mega development project earmarked at the park.
Taman Tun Dr Ismail’s (TTDI) Rimba Kiara Park has been mired in a controversy since June last year, after residents were made known about that a towering eight blocks of 54 storeys slated at the park’s carpark.
During his speech at a protest at the park today, TTDI residents association (RA) chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar said that he, including several members of the RA, only knew about the approval on Nov 15.
“We went for a court hearing that day to request a stay pending the court’s decision on our judicial review.
“One of the intervenor filed an affidavit saying that DBKL has given the developer an approval to build a showroom here on Nov 6.
“It was three days after Tengku Adnan vowed at a town meeting with the residents that he will never touch the park. As a human being, you will feel very angry and disappointed when being lied to,” said Hafiz.
RA member, Leon Koay, dropped another bombshell.
He disclosed that – contrary to Tengku Adnan’s assurance that the development will only take place at the carpark– the planned development will encroach into the park.
“The development will extend into several metres from the wire fence that separates the carpark and the park,” said Koay.
He also countered a claim that the carpark is not part of the park, explaining that the fence separating the carpark and the park was built for security measures instead of denoting the area of the park.
“This whole park is 25 acres, starting from the Tun Mohd Fuad road all the way to the big pond at the back. What is being taken is the 12 acres starting from the road all the way into several metres beyond the security fence.
“So when they say they are not going to take the park, it is a lie. It is a falsehood. If the carpark is not part of the park then why is there only one access road into this park and why does the park’s signboard sit in front of the road?” Koay asked.
He also said that the development deal reeks of conflict of interest given Tengku Adnan’s position in the quasi-public organisation that owns the carpark’s land, the Federal Territories Foundation.
“He (Tengku Adnan) is the chairman whereas Federal Territories deputy minister (Datuk Dr. Loga Bala Mohan) and KL Mayor (Tan Sri Mhd. Amin Nordin Abd. Aziz) are the foundation’s board of directors (BOD).
“So basically, the landowner submits a development application to its own BOD and the BOD then approved the development on a public land for a profit. This is what we call a land grab,” said Koay without mincing his words.
The Mole‘s repeated attempts to get a clarification from Tengku Adnan were unsuccessful.