FT Minister: 'Conflict of interest' accusation just to delay Rimba Kiara project


FEDERAL Territories Minister Khalid Abd Samad has urged Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) residents to be willing to compromise and allow the proposed development of Taman Rimba Kiara, particularly the promised housing for Bukit Kiara longhouse residents.

He made the statement in response to the claim by the TTDI Residents Association that the FT Minister should not also chair Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) as there was a conflict of interest.

The association said on Thursday (April 25) that this was because YWP owned the land carved out of a public park and marked for the mega project.

However, Khalid said the accusation was just another method to delay the project.

"The longhouse folk were the original settlers who had to move out for the development of TTDI, so they deserve their permanent housing after waiting for 38 years.

"The developer has already agreed to scale down the project by 50%," he said.

Khalid was speaking after officiating at the Malaysian Book Publishers Association's (Mabopa) 50th anniversary dinner in Petaling Jaya on Thursday night (April 25).