KUALA LUMPUR – Aug 29, 2016: Nothing was promised but residents of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail who attended a dialogue with KL City Council (DBKL) today were optimistic that the Rimba Kiara Park within their neighbourhood can be saved.
TTDI Residents’ Association president Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar described the session with DBKL executive director (Planning) Datuk Mohd. Najib Mohd. Said as fruitful.
“I don’t want to put up 100 per cent hope but I feel like things can go our way,” said Hafiz, who has been at forefront in protesting against the highrise project planned on a site in front of the park.
The project became public knowledge after several notices were put up at the site a few months to announce that nine blocks of 52-storey condominiums would be built.
Hafiz and Margaret Lee, another resident at the session, said they were optimistic of a positive outcome because of Najib’s feedback in response to their grouses.
“He said that if we need more information regarding the development for research purposes, they will provide the information to us,” Hafiz said.
“I felt comfortable discussing things with him and I feel like he spoke from his heart when he said the park is more relevant and necessary than development,” Lee told The Mole after the three-hour dialogue.
The residents were also told that DBKL would engage with the developer, Memang Perkasa Sdn. Bhd.
The 12-acre plot that serves as both the entrance to and parking space for those using the park is owned by the Federal Territories Foundation chaired by FT Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
The residents had organised two peaceful protests, in June and August, when hundreds gathered at the park to show their objection against the project.