Segambut MP: Project should be within longhouse site

FoBK adviser Tan Sri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor (centre) showing Yeoh (second from left) a copy of the Taman Kiara Master Plan Report published in 1982. With them are (from left) its president Dr Kribanandan GN and pioneers Dr Tan Kee Kwong and Dr Pola Singh.

SEGAMBUT MP Hannah Yeoh has suggested that the promised housing for Bukit Kiara longhouse residents be built within the current longhouse site, while preserving the remaining parts of Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK) as a green lung.

Based on the development order, she said the homes should be built within the existing 1.6ha site.

However, she said the matter was still subject to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigation on an alleged conflict of interest involving TRK’s proposed development.

“The remaining parts of TRK should be preserved.

“It is possible for both to co-exist at the same time – housing for the longhouse residents and preservation of TRK,” said Yeoh, adding that she hoped to fulfil this as part of her election promise.

She said negotiations on the proposed development at TRK were still ongoing.

“We want to see the longhouse residents get the new and improved housing they deserve,” said Yeoh after launching the Earth Day 2019 celebration organised by Friends of Bukit Kiara (FoBK) at Taman Persekutuan Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

On April 20, StarMetro highlighted the plight of the families who have been living in the Bukit Kiara longhouse for nearly 40 years.

These families, who previously lived in the Bukit Kiara estate, were asked to temporarily move to longhouses in 1982 to make way for development in exchange for new homes.

The promise remains unfulfilled until now, and some residents fear they may not live long enough to see their new homes.

Meanwhile, a legal tussle is ongoing between Taman Tun Dr Ismail residents and the authorities.

The residents are objecting to the proposed high-rise project in TRK due to several reasons, including alleged encroachment into the park and loss of a green lung.

The proposed project covers apartment units for the longhouse residents and condomi­niums.

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