THE management and tenants of the 42-year-old iconic Ampang Park Shopping Centre in Jalan Ampang are in shock over news that the popular mall will be demolished to make way for the MRT2 project.
Shopping centre manager Annie Low told StarMetro: “We have heard about it but the management has not been notified in black-and-white.
“There have been rumours for a while now but we have not heard anything from the Land Office, no confirmation.
“We hope to get an appointment with the Land Office soon and hopefully get the full picture,” she said.
There was a public gazette about the land acquisition for the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya MRT line construction.
Subsequently some of the tenants were alerted that the Ampang Park site was being acquired under Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act 1960.
The Federal Territory Land and Mines Department had published a gazette on July 30 to notify the owners of lots that would be acquired for the MRT project.
The Land Acquisition Act 1960 compels the Federal Territory Land and Mines Department to gazette and notify the owner of the government’s possible acquisition of the land.
The gazette carries the list of all the land lots that will be acquired and Ampang Park was on that list.
There are 200 shopowners in Ampang Park, which has 95% occupancy rate.
Tenants had expressed shock over the news.
“If I had known, I would have already made plans to relocate,” said Lenny, who runs a hair salon at the mall.
Myra, who has been selling baju kurung here for 10 years, said business had been good because the mall’s strategic location along with the convenience of LRT.
The news came as a surprise since Ampang Park had refurbished several parts of the mall including the public toilets in recent times.
During its 40th anniversary celebration in 2013, the management also spoke about plans to refurbish and upgrade the shopping centre.
Ampang Park quickly became the place to be seen at when it first opened. It was the first mall to have a cinema.
Some of the shops established in 1973 that are still open till today are Ampang Electronics, De Elegance, Klinik Salma, May Florist and Golden Light Music.