Hannah Yeoh rejects Khalid Samad’s Rimba Kiara compromise

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — April 23, 2019: Segambut Member of Parliament, Hannah Yeoh has opposed the scaled-down version of  Rimba Kiara Park redevelopment that was recently proposed by the government.

Yeoh, who is also the Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development said she was not satisfied that the proposed development will still encroach into the park.

She also described the relocation plan of nearby longhouse settlers as being unfair .

“Why move them (settlers) into a tiny corner creating a huge barrier between those who can afford condos and those who can’t? I want the longhouse residents to be treated better than this,” said Yeoh on Facebook.

In the scaled-down redevelopment which was proposed by Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad, the affordable houses for the settlers will be built behind a nearby Hindu temple, which contradicts initial government’s assurance that they will be built on the current site of the longhouse settlement.

“I want the long house residents to be treated better than this. The difference between Tengku Adnan’s (Khalid’s predecessor Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor) and the proposed solution by Khalid is nominal and this is not good enough for me,” she added.

The Rimba Kiara park controversy started three years ago. Initially, the total acreage slated for the development was 12 acres but then reduced to eight acres after protests by especially residents of nearby Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

In an interview last month, Khalid had asked those who defend the park to “move on” as the contentious development at the park was lawful, adding that cancelling it requires Kuala Lumpur City Hall to pay between RM150 – 200 million in compensation to the developer.

Back then, Yeoh rubbished Khalid’s claim over the supposed abortion fee, describing it as an “unsubstantiated imaginary figure.”

Khalid Samad's proposed scaled-down version of the Rimba Kiara redevelopment.

Khalid Samad’s proposed scaled-down version of the Rimba Kiara Park redevelopment.



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.