KUALA LUMPUR – November 4, 2017: Reiterating their wish to save the Rimba Kiara Park, residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail here have presented the authorities with what they deemed to be a more sustainable and less intrusive alternative development plan for it.
At a town hall meeting last night, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was told that the alternative plan would provide a win-win situation for all communities involved in the controversy.
The issue started in June last year after residents were made known about the development of an eight blocks of 54 storeys serviced apartment earmarked at the park’s carpark.
While the residents were furious about the project, the nearby long house settlers welcomed it, as they will finally get their promised homes after the government acquired the estate lands, where they used to live, 36 years ago.
“Our proposed low impact and low density permanent housing alternative plan for the longhouse community can be done within the site of their longhouses. It will not encroach into the area of the carpark,” said a spokesperson of the Save Rimba Kiara movement, Leon Koay.
Koay pointed out that the total cost of developing the proposed permanent housing plan; comprising of a lower and upper blocks and also a multipurpose hall, for the 100 families living in the longhouse will only cost RM14.5 million.
“We understand their plight so we voluntarily drafted this plan,” added Koay.
During the presentation of the plan, Koay also spoke about the discrepancies of the land status of the carpark which local authorities had consistently claimed was not part of the park; hence the reason why it can be re-developed.
However, the Kuala Lumpur City Draft Plan 2020 has explicitly stated that open spaces; which includes parking bays and parks’ entrances, in Bukit Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Rimba Kiara Park were also designated as a part of KL’s green lungs.
Tengku Adnan nonetheless, refuted Koay’s claim that the land status of the carpark was that of an open public space, explaining that the land was already leased for 99 years to an undisclosed buyer for the purpose of mixed development in November 2012.
“I vow that the park will not be touched but the residents must know that the plot of land which houses the carpark and the long house settlers is not part of the Rimba Kiara Park.
“As for the alternative plan, I implore the committee who drafted it to come to my office so that we can thoroughly discuss the matter. My doors are always open to you guys,” said Tengku Adnan.