Shah Alam folk and NGOs stand firm over land rezoning

Flashback: StarMetro's report on Feb 16.

RESIDENTS and non-governmental organisations (NGO) reiterated their stand against the rezoning of two parcels of land during the objection hearing at Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) on Monday.

Prihatin Selangor chairman Allan Ang said they do not want the rezoning to become a precedent in future draft plan amendments.

“There is no point in selling the land now for commercial gain and lamenting the lack of land for public facilities in the future,” he added.

Ang and several other people had objected to the rezoning of two parcels of land under the Shah Alam Draft Plan 2020.

A 1.7ha plot of land in Kota Kemuning next to the Kesas Highway was originally designated for low-cost flats while the other plot measuring 2.8ha in Seksyen 7 was meant for a police station.

The Kota Kemuning site will be used to build a petrol kiosk while the Seksyen 7 land will be converted to commercial status.

Both pieces of land were sold to private owners who put in an application but details of the sale were not available.

Ang said many NGOs had taken up the case as the public would not be aware of the changes made in the draft plans.

“How many people actually read through the thousands of pages in the draft plan?” he asked.

Ang said Tuesday’s hearing was chaired by state executive councillor Elizabeth Wong and Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad.

During the meeting, he discovered that the rezoning of Seksyen 7 had been approved by the state exco.

“I questioned their decision to approve the application because I believe they did not conduct due diligence before coming to their decision.

“They should have obtained public feedback and conducted relevant studies like a Traffic Impact Assessment,” he added.

Ang said the land in Kota Kemuning should not have been sold and the state should have revived the abandoned low cost housing project.

“Their intention to rezone the land does not reflect the Selangor government’s One Family, One Home project,” he added.

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