Hannah lodges MACC report over 29 violations of KL City Plan in Segambut

Yeoh (front row, second from right) and Save KL residents coalition committee members posing for a group photo after their press conference calling for MACC to investigate the violations against the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020.

SEGAMBUT MP Hannah Yeoh has lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the 29 violations of the recently gazetted Kuala Lumpur City Plan (KLCP) 2020 in her constituency.

"When KL MPs were shown the gazetted plan, which was based on the 2015 version, we were told that there were 273 violations across Kuala Lumpur that would be recorded as an addendum in the local plan,” said Yeoh.

“These violations included changes in plot ratio and zoning. 

"For example, in Segambut, the plot ratio for one site went from four to 10, while a green lung was turned into a mixed housing project,” she said.

Yeoh said she wanted MACC to pursue all the violations, as 273 is no small number.

“Land is very expensive in KL, and somebody stands to benefit from making those changes.

Although there has been a change in government, it is likely the same officials at Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) who gave approvals for the projects (back then),” she said.

“When MACC takes action, they can recover money and assets and give them back to KL.

“I understand some violations may be difficult to reverse. But where work has not started, such as in Taman Rimba Kiara, the Federal Territories (FT) Minister and KL Mayor have the power to reverse these violations,” she said.

Yeoh, who lodged the report at MACC’s Putrajaya office on Friday (Nov 9), said this latest report she lodged served as additional information to the MACC report she made in May against former FT Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor on the conflict of interest involving him in the Taman Rimba Kiara issue.

Yeoh made the announcement during a press conference with Save Kuala Lumpur (SKL) on Saturday (No 10), a coalition of some 30 residents associations in Kuala Lumpur, which is also calling on the MACC to look into the violations in KLCP 2020. 

They said they wanted to identify how these violations came about, and urged the MACC to investigate the parties responsible.

“Some of these violations include the sale and transfer of land in Taman Desa, which was designated for a public library and playground but sold to a private developer to build a high-rise condominium,” said SKL deputy chairman Datuk M. Ali.

“Another was the alienation and sale of Institut Kesihatan Umum Malaysia land in Bukit Persekutuan to a private developer, and the change of its land use from institutional to mixed commercial.”

Ali said SKL was also questioning the legality of the gazetted KLCP 2020, as it was different from the draft 2008 plan which was put public display for consultation.

“This is contrary to Section 14 of the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1982, as the later changes were never publicly displayed,” said Ali.

“FT Minister Khalid Abdul Samad also said he would allow SKL to view the plan before its gazettement, but that didn’t happen. We want to know who audited the plan that identified the 273 violations. 

"Was it an independent audit? What is the follow-up action on these violations and who will be made responsible for them?” asked Ali,

He said SKL would like to urge the FT Minister to ensure greater transparency and accountability over the upcoming KLCP 2040.

“We hope that the whole process for KLCP 2040 will be done in a consultative, accountable and transparent manner,” he said.

“It should include independent planners, architects and other professionals from outside KL to ensure accountability and transparency, as the previous people involved have working relationships with developers and may not be fully independent.”

Ali added that SKL planned to post comparisons of the draft 2008 plan and the gazetted KLCP 2020 plan on its Facbook page after the gazetted plan was put on public display.

The KLCP 2020 plan will be displayed and copies made available for sale from Monday (Nov 12) onwards at DBKL’s headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut, KL.

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