‘Make public findings on Taman Desa building collapse’

PROTECT Taman Desa Coalition has called for all findings and investigations on the collapse of an on-going high-rise apartment project in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur, to be made public with total transparency.

In a statement to the media, the coalition urged for investigations to ascertain if the workers on site had been screened and whether they were competent enough to carry out the construction tasks assigned.

“We also ask that all parties be held fully accountable and be dealt with in accordance with the law if they are found guilty of negligence, ” it read.

Last week, part of the building under construction collapsed, trapping two workers, who were later rescued.

The coalition, in addition, called for the construction to be demolished if investigations showed that the partial collapse was due to structural failure and if the entire building was compromised.

Protect Taman Desa Coalition has objected to this development since 2017 when the project was announced.

In March and July 2017, a group of residents filed two judicial reviews against Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) decision to issue a development order for the project that involved the construction of three 30-storey condominium towers on a narrow strip of TNB reserve land.

Surrounding it are three schools and low-rise condominiums, with the tallest being 13 storeys high.

With the approved development project, DBKL increased the density of the area to 650 people per 0.4ha from the initial 60 people.

The High Court dismissed both judicial reviews in favour of DBKL in July 2018.

The coalition filed an appeal and in August last year, the Court of Appeal ruled that it agreed with the High Court’s decision.

Between 2017 and 2018, Taman Desa residents also filed three reports with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the alienation of the TNB reserve land and the issuance of the Development Order by DBKL.

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