IT IS Kuala Lumpur City Hall's (DBKL) right to appeal to the Federal Court to challenge a decision by the Court of Appeal, with regards to the Taman Tiara Titiwangsa case, says Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad (pic).
"This is a legal dispute and DBKL has the right to appeal to a higher court.
"This is not a question of politics. DBKL will still need to follow the legal procedure," he said.
Previously, residents rejected the proposed plan to construct three high-rise towers in Taman Tiara Titiwangsa and went to the courts to nullify the objection hearing held by DBKL last year.
On March 13, the Court of Appeal had nullified the public objection hearing on a high-density project awarded to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) in Taman Tiara Titiwangsa.
The court accepted the residents' argument, whereby they were unable to present their case in a meaningful way under Rule 5 of the Federal Territory Planning Act 1982.
Khalid, who called for a press conference to clarify the issue, addressed several reports where the neighbourhood residents slammed DBKL's decision to appeal the case, and that it was tantamount to "harassment".
"The residents associations could discuss with the ministry after the election.
"Instead, they chose to bring this to court.
"Since this is their decision, we will follow the legal procedure till the end.
"But, do not say that it is improper for DBKL to go and appeal," he said.
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