TAMAN Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) residents feel their objections against a proposed high-rise project near Taman Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur have fallen on deaf ears, following Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) decision to issue the development order (DO).
Residents Association (RA) chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar criticised DBKL for ignoring the collective protests by TTDI residents on the project's long-term social and environmental impact within TTDI.
“The existing plot ratio of 1:60 to a whopping 1:979 is detrimental to the lifestyle here,” he said.
He added that requests to meet with DBKL were not entertained.
“We were expecting feedback from DBKL after our hearing to object to the development on Aug 29 last year, but we were met with silence.
“Apart from the RA, the Friends of Bukit Kiara (FoBK) is also against the project,” Hafiz said.
The proposed development by Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan on Lot PT 9244, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, next to the Taman Awam Berskala Besar Bukit Kiara, includes one block of affordable homes for longhouse residents and eight blocks of serviced apartments ranging from 42 to 54-storeys with 1,766 units.
Two mass protests organised by the residents took place at Taman Bukit Kiara in June and August to voice dissatisfaction over the development.
TTDI residents are frustrated at the turn of events despite a over 5,000-signature petition delivered to Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, aside form protest letters.
Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was quoted in StarMetro on Feb 17 as saying that he was pushing for the project to build new homes for the former Bukit Kiara estate residents.
In a statement, the RA said the open spaces in Bukit Kiara, TTDI, and Taman Rimba Kiara parks were designated as green lungs according to the Kuala Lumpur City Draft Plan 2020.
Hafiz said TTDI residents supported the building of affordable housing by DBKL without involving private developers, but wanted Taman Rimba Kiara to be left alone.
“The provision of reasonable housing facilities to the former workers and families of a rubber plantation company is the government’s responsibility.
“The site was part of the Bukit Kiara land acquired under the National land Code from the plantation company,” he said.
Under the National Land Code, private land that is acquired must be for public use only.
“We are only asking that Taman Rimba Kiara remain an open space. It has been earmarked to be gazetted as a public park," he added in the statement.