KUALA LUMPUR – June 26, 2016: Residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail will submit a letter of appeal to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to call for the government to gazette the Rimba Kiara park as a federal park.
This was in response to the controversial “re-development project” that drew immediate notoriety since the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) put up the project’s notice board at the park two weeks ago.
This morning, at 11am, about 500 residents peacefully protested against the proposed project as they deemed that the nine blocks of 52 storeys apartments would be bad for the park that was touted by its residents as “the last green lung of Kuala Lumpur.”
“Our protest today is very simple. We want Rimba Kiara Park to remain as a public park,” said Taman Tun Dr Ismail Residents’ Association (TTDIRA) president Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar.
“Because in Taman Tun (TTDI), this is the only park that we have left, therefore we want DBKL to stop receiving plans to develop this park,” he said at the start of the protest.
He added that he will also submit the same letter of appeal to the Federal Territory Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
The Mole was however made to understand that the project will only take place at the entrance and parking grounds of the park.
“Only the 12 acres of open spaces (entrance and parking grounds) including the long houses settlements will be affected,” said a member of TTDIRA, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
In response to the protest, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz later issued a statement stating that the project was to re-developed the long houses located in the immediate vicinity of the park.
“The long house settlers wanted to remain there because they were the first to live in the areas as compared to other residents.
“And the re-development project does not encroach the areas in the park which is why it is allowed,” Amin wrote via a whatsapp message to members of the press.
Be that as it may, the protesters still demanded that there should be no re-development in the park and the open spaces in front of it.
“The only re-development that we want is for the government to re-develop the wooden long houses that has been there for more than 30 years,” said Hafiz.