Mega project on green lung irks rep


A file picture of scenery around Taman Rimba Kiara.

A REPORT has been lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) against the Federal Territories Ministry and other parties over a project at Taman Rimba Kiara in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Kuala Lumpur for possible fraud.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who made the complaint at the Jalan Cochrane branch of the MACC, asked the agency to investigate the matter for corruption and fraudulent elements when a part of the park was alienated for a mixed-development high-rise project.

“A total of 4.85ha of Lot PT 9244, Mukim Kuala Lumpur, which was supposed to be a green lung, was given away to Federal Territories Foundation on Dec 9 last year.

“How could the Government alienate this space for a mega project?” he said, adding that he was not satisfied with the minister’s answer when he brought up the matter in Parliament on Nov 9.

“I want MACC to investigate this issue for criminal aspects, on whether anyone made profit out of the public land,” he told reporters after presenting his statement at the agency office yesterday.

The proposed housing development included eight blocks of between 42- and 54-storey high-end serviced apartments, while another 29-storey block comprising 350 units of affordable housing would be allocated to the TTDI longhouse residents. It also included the construction of a six-lane highway and a flyover.

TTDI residents 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 earlier this year.

The hearing for the stay application was fixed for Dec 13.

“I welcome the Government’s intention to build 350 affordable houses for the longhouse residents but why does the Government need to build more than 2,000 units of posh condominium.” added Lim.

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