Solution hinges on compensation


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 09 Aug 2018

New parking bays that were created by the developer at Taman Bukit Kiara. — filepic

EXCLUSIVE:THE high-end luxury condominium project at Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK) in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Kuala Lumpur can be scrapped if Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is willing to fork out RM110mil as compensation to the developer.

This was raised as part of the negotiation between Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad and the developer.

In an exclusive interview, Khalid told StarMetro that the move was one of various approaches in solving the dispute between the developer and TTDI residents.

“The developer is willing to give up the project if we pay RM110mil as compensation, which is the estimated amount spent on the development so far.

“The developer paid the land premium between RM60mil and RM70mil, as well as made some changes to the recreational park,” he said.

The only problem troubling him, Khalid said, was the plight of 100 longhouse families who were supposed to be relocated to homes at the new development. The families have been in 37.16sqm wooden longhouses with no rooms in TTDI for 36 years.

Taman Rimba Kiara in Taman Tun Dr Ismail is popular among residents who want it maintained for their enjoyment. — filepic
Taman Rimba Kiara in Taman Tun Dr Ismail is popular among residents who want it maintained for their enjoyment. — filepic

Khalid wants to find an amicable solution for all parties by balancing various factors, including ensuring the longhouse residents get new apartment units as promised.

“I think it is an insult. In a Federal Territory, to have families living in that kind of condition for such a long period... we should not allow this to carry on.

“I want to find a solution where we can address the concerns of TTDI residents and get replacement houses for the people and families living in the longhouse,” he said.

TTDI residents protested against the proposed housing development featuring eight blocks of between 42- and 54-storey high-end serviced apartments.

The development also included a 29-storey block comprising 350 affordable housing units for the relocation of TTDI longhouse folk.

Khalid showing the area of the proposed development at Taman Rimba Kiara during the interview.
Khalid showing the area of the proposed development at Taman Rimba Kiara during the interview.

Residents filed a judicial review application with the High Court to annul the conditional planning permission and a development order granted by DBKL earlier last year, but failed to get a stay order against the proposed project.

The full hearing of the judicial review is fixed for Sept 25 and 26 before Justice Nordin Hassan.

Park area in dispute

The demarcation of the park further contributed to the confusion in the dispute.

A group of hikers showing their support to preserve Taman Bukit Kiara during a picnic. — filepic
A group of hikers showing their support to preserve Taman Bukit Kiara during a picnic. — filepic

According to a statement by the TTDI Residents’ Association, TRK comprised 10.11ha of state land that was documented by the Kuala Lumpur Land and Mines Office searches dating back to 2010.

In 2014, Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan somehow procured the issuance of a title to itself for 4.85ha out of the entire plot that was a purported transfer of state land to the foundation.

Khalid also assured stakeholders that the development would not be allowed to take place within the park area.

However, there was a possibility to scale down the development as negotiation with the developer was ongoing, he added.

“We will obviously have to refund a portion of the premium.

“The developer was given 4.85ha land and we are trying to negotiate with them to reduce the acreage for the development and the number of blocks.

“To me, eight residential blocks sounds a bit extreme.

“The longhouse and a temple span about four acres. We might need another extra two acres to house the longhouse residents temporarily while the developer builds the apartments on the existing longhouse land,” he said.

The current proposed deal is for the 100 families to get an apartment of 74.3sqm for free, while their second generation get the similar apartments for half the market price.

In return, the developer is allowed to build the high-end condominiums at the site.

“I am the one who is going against what has been agreed previously and trying to get the developers to understand and concede.

“That is something I will discuss in greater detail with all parties concerned once I have a proposal that is acceptable by all parties,” he said.

Previously, the TTDI residents formed the volunteer technical group and showed a permanent and sustainable townhouse for the longhouse community to be built at a cost of RM15mil.

Khalid said the suggestion did not include the compensation DBKL has to pay to the developer.

“The townhouses and compensation will total to RM125mil,” he said, adding that so much of taxpayers’ money should not be used.

“I hope everyone is willing to take a cut to find an amicable solution to this problem,” he added.


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