More info sought on degazettement

This nursery by DBKL is on the 3.86ha land set to be degazetted.

The proposed degazettement of Lot 80835 in Taman Intan Baiduri, Kuala Lumpur has raised alarm bells among stakeholders who say they have not received sufficient information on the matter.

The issue came to light when StarMetro reported on Jan 25 that a joint venture development between the government and a private developer was being planned on the 3.86ha land that sits on the border of the Batu and Kepong constituencies.

However, the initial objection date of Jan 26 has since been postponed following a barrage of objections from various stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and residents.

Batu MP P. Prabakaran (pic) said Federal Territories Land and Mines Office (PPTGWP) did not put in enough effort to inform the public about the matter, adding that his office only found out about it after reading StarMetro’s report.

“The objection date was during the ongoing movement control order and the public did not have sufficient time to submit complaints or provide feedback, ” he added.

On Jan 27, Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the land in question “must not be touched”.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), he said, had been instructed to develop the land for public use, while the surrounding lakes should be turned into public parks.

The land is currently owned by the ministry and being used by DBKL for its nursery.

Prabakaran said Annuar’s statement, although welcomed, had raised concerns about a possible miscommunication between the minister and agencies under him.

He said his office would gather signatures among stakeholders for a petition to be sent to PPTGWP to object the degazettement.

“We will also seek a meeting with the minister to discuss this matter, ” he said at a press conference held at the DBKL nursery.

Meanwhile, Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng said Annuar’s statement was reassuring but urged the minister to honour that pledge.

“We strongly urge for the proposed degazettement to be scrapped for the benefit of residents in the area, ” he said.

NGO Skuad Prihatin Kepong chairman Datuk Mohd Noor Ali Akbar said the postponement would giveg the public more time to send in their objections.

Another association, Gerakan Martabat Pejuang Negara, led by Mejar (Rtd) Razali Zakaria, sent a petition to PPTGWP on Jan 26 to oppose the degazettement.

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