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Thursday September 12, 2013 MYT 7:37:42 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has set Oct 7 to hear submissions on the suit by 12 Taman Tun Dr Ismail residents who are challenging the legality of the MRT project.
The residents’ counsel Shaharudin Ali said the court would determine whether Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) has complied with the relevant laws in order to build the line.
He said the parties are allowed to file written submissions in reply for hearing proper by Sept 18.
MRT Corp’s counsel David Mathew confirmed this.
“The residents are dropping the first part of their claim over the alleged contract they contend exists between MRT Corp and them. They are (just) going on the second part of the claim which relates to the legality of the railway scheme,” Mathew said.
In the suit filed in February, 12 residents are seeking compensation from MRT Corp over the project located opposite their properties.
Ho Lee Yoke, 55, and 11 others filed the lawsuit through lead counsel Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman and Shaharudin.
In their statement of claim, the residents who own link houses along Jalan Pinggir Zaaba, said MRT Corp had a duty to ensure the project was implemented legally and safely.
The residents also said they received notices of intention in February 2011 which indicated that their land, among others, was likely to be acquired for the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line of the project.
They said they agreed to sell their properties to the defendant after a series of meetings between both parties but later received a letter dated July 24 last year from MRT Corp saying that their properties would not be acquired.
Among others, the residents are seeking a declaration that the project is illegal and unlawful and that they are entitled to compensation. Alternatively, they are seeking general and equitable damages as well as RM22,000 in special damages.
They are also applying for an injunction restraining MRT Corp from continuing with any development and construction work under phase I of the MRT project.
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