THE hearing for the stay application to stop the proposed housing development in Taman Rimba Kiara is fixed for Nov 15 at the High Court.
It was initially scheduled for Oct 12, but was delayed due to several parties submitting applications to intervene the judicial review prior to the hearing.
Taman Tun Dr Ismail residents had filed a judicial review application to seek an order from the court to quash a conditional planning permission as well as a development order granted by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) earlier this year.
TTDI Residents Association (TTDIRA) chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar said this would not stop the residents from setting up a meeting with Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
“We will write a letter to the ministry to set an appointment with Tengku Adnan within these two weeks on the said issue,” he told StarMetro after a public dialogue in the neighbourhood, where residents brought up the issue and Tengku Adnan responded that he would have a separate meeting with the RA to talk about the issue.
“There seemed to be no concrete solution after the dialogue, but Tengku Adnan has agreed to meet with us, which is a huge step forward.
“We have documents backed with evidence that Taman Rimba Kiara is a public space and we will present all the information to Tengku Adnan at our upcoming meeting,” said Abdul Hafiz.
Save Taman Rimba Kiara Group coordinator Leon Koay, who presented a slide show during the dialogue, emphasised that TTDI residents were fully supportive of the ministry’s plan to provide housing for the longhouse residents, which is now located on the land in the middle of this controversy.
“We want to work with you on this, and because the residents are our neighbours, we are willing to help them.
“However, Taman Rimba Kiara is a public space as shown in the 1982 master plan of TTDI and 2004 Kuala Lumpur Structural Plan.
“The park signage is placed at the entrance located in Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad and it shows that the entire land is identified as Taman Rimba Kiara, including the carpark,” said Koay.
In response, Adnan cited a document dated Nov 19, 2012 that stated the land slated for the proposed development was a mixed commercial land.
“I will never touch Taman Rimba Kiara; I know the limits. For the sake of the rakyat, I will never do so. But we do need to look into how spaces are developed to cater to Kuala Lumpur’s growing population.
“The TTDI Residents Association can meet me to sort out this matter,” he assured.
The proposed housing development includes plans to build eight blocks of high-end apartments between 42 and 54-storeys, while another 29-storey block comprising 350 units of affordable housing that will be allocated to the TTDI longhouse residents.
Also part of the project is the construction of a six-lane highway and a flyover to accommodate the massive growth in population density from 74 to 979 people per 0.4ha.
Held at TTDI community hall on Nov 3, the Public Discourse @ TTDI was an inaugural session by the Federal Territories Ministry to go to the ground and gain feedback from residents on their neighbourhood.
Also present were Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Loga Bala Mohan and several top DBKL management officers.
Such sessions will be conducted in other areas.
Some of the problems brought up by the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Kuala Lumpur residents were the lack of parking space, other mixed development in the housing estate and the proposal of several locations to be converted into multi-storey parking.
TTDIRA also presented a written memorandum to DBKL and requested the local government to notify the residents about future mixed commercial development projects in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. — By JAROD LIM