THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) will not allow the construction of SJK (C) Choon Hwa in Lembah Maju, Ampang until the building plans have been properly submitted.
MPAJ public relations officer Norhayati Ahmad said its one-stop-centre (OSC) technical committee had raised questions over the total land area to be occupied by the school building.
According to the council’s records, the total land size for the proposed site was 3.6ha but building plans only covered an area of 1.2ha.
“The plans were rejected because it did not state what the remaining land area would be used for,” she said.
“We advised the project’s consultant to get a letter from the Lands and Mines Department (JKPTG) director-general on the actual size of the land and area for the proposed building,” she said.
Norhayati was responding to an initiative by Pandan MCA division chairman Datuk Leong Kok Wee last December to collect signatures to urge the state government to approve the building of the school.
In a letter dated April 28, 2017 to the applicant (Choon Hwa school board), MPAJ Engineering Department director Zafrul Fazry Mohd Fauzi stated that according to Selangor’s manual guidelines and state planning standards, the minimum requirement for a school was 2.023ha.
But in the building plans submitted, the proposed school covered a 1.214ha area.
The letter also stated the applicant had not proposed entrance and exit roads from the school into Jalan Mawar.
Zafrul also highlighted that a requirement for the road to be four lanes instead of two, to upgrade drainage in the nearby area and build either a traffic light with controlled pedestrian walk or bridge near the school.
There were also no indications of where the school field, library, staff room or bookshop would be located.
Pandan MCA Wanita chief Datin Leong Siew Kam said once the school was built, it would be up to the board to decide how to use the space.
Leong said there was no need to check with JKPTG as he had a letter from the Education Ministry dated from May 2012, giving permission to occupy 1.214ha of the Lembah Maju school reserve land.
He was also curious as to why the authorities used this as a reason to reject the building plans, saying that there were several other schools which were allowed to progress with construction without complying to the minimum required area as stated in the manual.
He said the application for the school’s construction started in 2008 but was delayed due to the absence of a land grant.
Leong said when the Education Ministry had approved the construction in 2016 and allocated RM3mil as part of the school’s building and relocation funds, more than 50 illegal squatters were found occupying the land.
After the eviction process, the school board forked out expenses to barricade the land.
The school’s board of director chairman Cheong Yew Hon said he was frustrated with MPAJ’s reply as he spent the last decade fighting for the relocation and construction of the primary school.
“It looks like no one wants to help us. I am already 66. I fear I will not be able to live long enough to see this school being built,” he sighed.
The school at Batu 18, Hulu Langat is still operating with some 30 pupils.
Cheong said he had obtained signatures from the pupils’ parents and guardians to seek their consent for the relocation.
Upon the Lembah Maju school’s completion, pupils can either continue classes at the new location or remain in Hulu Langat.
In the latter case, the school board will ensure classes continue until the pupils finish school.
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