A DEVELOPER can proceed with works which have been approved, despite a pending judicial case review, says Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz.
He was commenting on the development taking place at Lot 9420 in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur, for a high-density condominium project, which received objection from residents nearby.
In March, eleven residents filed a judicial review action in Kuala Lumpur High Court against the mayor to quash the planning permission given for the project on the grounds that proper procedures were not adhered to.
Amin Nordin said as long as there was no order to stay the decision of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) by the court, the developer could proceed with works that have been approved.
A letter by DBKL Building Control Department was also pasted on the hoarding, explaining that special permission was given to start sub-structure works only
“The development order has been issued.
“The judicial case review is pending in High Court and the developer’s application to intervene in the proceeding is fixed for Nov 29,” Amin Nordin said.
The residents claimed that the developer was accelerating the project on purpose, that by the time the case is heard in Court, substantive ground work would have taken place and could not be undone without significant economic losses.
Taman Desa Resident Philip Phang said mobilisation started early this month, before any notice was erected.
“A signboard was finally put up on Nov 21, which explained the project but the development order number is not stated there.
“The developer seems to be rushing the project and even working on Sundays.
“We fear that the developer may drive the empathy of the residents for having invested a substantial amount on the project pending the court case.
“The developer also claimed that the first phase comprising of two blocks and 376 units was sold out and it was pushing for the sale of the remaining block in the second phase,” he said.
The development comprised of three blocks of 34- to 42-storey condominium of 649 units, among other features.