Insolvency issues resolved, Highland Towers up for demolition

A file picture of the Highland Towers site as it looks now.

THE ill-fated Highland Towers in Taman Sri Ukay, Ampang, will finally be heading for demolition in as early as one month’s time, Housing and Local Government minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said.

She was speaking to reporters at the Kota Damansara People’s Housing Project (PPR) flats where she was visiting the family of three-year-old Siti Nur Nadhirah Hairul Anuar, who fell to her death from the 17th floor on Thursday morning.

Zuraida said that after several meetings with the developer and the Insolvency Department, the Highland Towers Redevelopment Committee has finally reached a solution and identified all the owners involved.

“The demolition will take place as soon as we clear all the technicalities involving the insolvency issues,” she said.

The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) will be tasked with organising the demolition.

“We are hoping that by December, the committee will formulate plans for redevelopment at the site,” Zuraida added.

She revealed this after saying there was a need for her to revise the ministry’s policies on abandoned projects, where some procedures and processes needed to be simplified and sped up.

She also revealed that there were currently a total of 82 abandoned project sites across Selangor. — NOEL FOO

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