KUALA LUMPUR – June 25, 2016: Residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) here will hold a protest against the controversial re-development of Rimba Kiara park near their neighbourhood.
According to them, tomorrow’s protest will be the start of a “long-drawn-out-war between the ‘rakyat’ and irresponsible quarters involved in the ‘illegal’ re-development”.
Those were the words of Taman Tun Dr Ismail Residents’ Association (TTDIRA) president Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar .
“The protest will be held at the park where we will peacefully assemble in front of the notice board of the redevelopment project,” he said during today’s town hall meeting, held at a kindergarten in TTDI.
“I implore all residents of TTDI to attend the protest tomorrow. We need to show them that we mean business.
“It’s going to be a two-hour protest in the morning. Do not worry about your safety because the police will also be there to keep things in order,” he added.
Hafiz, who has been residing in TTDI for more than 20 years, said he expected up to 400 protesters will attend tomorrow’s protest.
“Though turn-up for previous protests had been very dismal, the number of residents who came for today’s meeting was quite encouraging. I think at least 300 to 400 residents will show up at the protest tomorrow,” said Hafiz.
The issue gained notoriety after Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) put up a notice board at the park, informing residents that a parcel of the land within the public park will be re-developed.
The park is part of of the Cabinet-approved “Bukit Kiara Large Scale Public Park’ and has remained listed as such in the Kuala Lumpur Draft Plan 2015.
The developer behind the controversial project is a Malton Group affiliate called Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd.
Such re-development project will see the “shocking rise” of nine towering blocks going as high as 54 storeys that will house 2,200 apartments.
“The possible increase of population density is total madness. The infrastructures in TTDI cannot support such a density.
“And this will inevitably lead to increase in crime rate, traffic congestions and insufficient parking space,” said Hafiz.
He also stressed that because the Rimba Kiara park is a public park, it is illegal for the DBKL to simply hand it over to private developers for commercial re-development.
“Unless, they have changed the status of the land, but so far there is no indication that the status of the land has been changed,” Hafiz pointed out.
On question whether DBKL was aware of tomorrow’s protest, Hafiz said that he had already informed not only DBKL but the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz, as well.
“I’ve sent him a whatsapp message and though he did not reply to it, I know he read it because of the blue-tick status of my message
“But if all else fails, we are contemplating taking legal actions against those involved in the re-development project,” he said.