While many residents turned up for the state government’s hearings on objections to the Petaling Jaya Local Plan 1 (RTPJ 1), those from Section 12 were a no-show because apparently they weren't invited.
The hearing today chaired by Selangor Housing executive councillor Iskandar Abdul Samad saw residents who had received hand-delivered invitations, except those from Section 12.
Section 12 resident R. Rajasoorian, who went to the RTPJ 1 hearing for a different matter, said as far as he knew, no resident in the particular section had received any invitation.
“I am here as a proxy for Section 11 on different issues, but when I came to register, the city council staff told me that Section 12’s hearing was also today,” Rajasoorian said.
“It was only late last night (Sunday), that one resident called to say he had received the invitation letter, but we cannot confirm that,” said Rajasoorian.
The issue was also raised up by Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran at the hearing.
He was informed by Selangor Environment executive councillor Elizabeth Wong that another day would be arranged for the missed Section 12 hearing.
Post-session, Iskandar, said that residents should fill up their own forms, so that they know what they are complaining about, rather than just signing a general template for a particular issue.
“There are several valid issues which they raised, but it was not in their objection forms, so we could not discuss that. That’s why they got angry. But we can raise it to the committee,” said Iskandar.
Former councillors Derek Fernandez and Mak Khuin Weng also made representations.
“Petaling Jaya is currently facing a huge infrastructure problem, with water shortages becoming the norm, such as in New Town Petaling Jaya, where you had three or four days without water,” said Fernandez, adding that retaining the current plot ratio or even calling for a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) area was useless without the proper infrastructure support.
Prior to going in, Mak pointed out that even with the 1:4 plot ratio retention, Jalan Utara itself had two developments which were at 1:6, meaning developments with higher densities, which were approved back in 2012.
He said, moreover the local plan’s hearing had skipped several vital steps, including a Town Hall meeting which should have been done before the hearings.