Yeoh shows proof of meetings with Khalid over Rimba Kiara, but says no agreement reached

SEGAMBUT MP Hannah Yeoh (pic) says she met Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad several times over the Taman Rimba Kiara issue but failed to come to any agreement.

Yeoh said this in response to Khalid's comment about her going through the media instead of consulting him directly.

She explained that the first meeting was on July 26 to explore better housing options for those affected and explain how townhouses could be built on the current longhouse footprint.

She said the meeting with the developer took place in the Parliament building with Khalid present.

She said another meeting was at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail town hall session with the new Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan on Nov 23, where they agreed to form a joint-working committee to solve the issue.

"The first joint-working committee meeting was held on Dec 17. At every meeting, they would say 'it is a scaled-down version, we will give you back some park'.

"The issue is encroachment into a public park. Reducing the density means nothing in the encroachment issue.

"The deal is wrong because of a conflict of interest issue. Returning four acres of land is wrong because the whole exercise is wrong," she said at a briefing on Taman Rima Kiara issue at Taman Tun Dr Ismail community centre in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (May 18).

Yeoh also showed photographs as proof of her meetings with Khalid to the over 500 people that attended the session.

Also present at the briefing was lawyer and former Bersih chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan, who called for a moratorium on the project pending investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

She said she and Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) executive director Cynthia Gabriel would meet Khalid on Monday (May 20).

It was reported that the revised plan includes a 17-storey block with 204 units of affordable housing (Rumawip) for the longhouse folk and four blocks of 41 to 45-storey condominiums with 1,082 units in total.

The initial development project first proposed in 2016 involved building eight blocks of 42 to 54-storey high-end serviced apartments (2,277 units) and a 29-storey block comprising 350 affordable housing units

The new proposal will be brought to the Cabinet for a decision.


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