Firm ‘no’ to proposed rezoning of green space

The lush greenery of the Monterez Golf and Country Club is said to be the last remaining open space in Section U9, Shah Alam and Monterez condominium residents do not want the land to be redeveloped.

STAKEHOLDERS of the Monterez Golf and Country Club in Shah Alam, objecting to the proposed rezoning of the 60.7ha golf course to residential development, are mulling legal action if the state government gives the go-ahead.

Residents and golf club members said the proposed plan infringed on their rights and wanted answers.

‘’Residents purchased the properties including bungalows, semi-detached and townhouses with golf membership at premium prices, ” said Monterez Residents Association (MRA) vice-president S. Sagadevan.

“We paid higher market value price, based on a promise by the developer on the continued existence of the golf course and its surrounding greenery.

‘’Residents not only have a contractual right but the developer is also obliged to keep the golf course going until the end of the 99-year lease.

“Development on this land should be stopped due to the promise made in our Sale and Purchase Agreement and licence agreement.

‘’We intend to pursue legal action if the land is rezoned, as well as lodge a complaint to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, ” added Sagadevan.

The residents first learned about the rezoning proposal when the Shah Alam Local Draft Plan 2035 was put on display at Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) offices at the end of July last year.

The draft plan, which was open for objections until Sept 26 last year, received 672 objections against the rezoning proposal.

On April 8, a group of residents attended a public hearing session at Wisma MBSA in Shah Alam, Selangor to voice their disapproval.

MRA exco member Grace Dhillon, a lawyer, said the lease of the golf course had certain restrictions in the title and the land use was specifically identified for a golf course only.

‘’The residents are united in our view that the plan to convert the land should be stopped, as they have sold the rights of use to the residents and members.

“The golf course is the only natural green landscape left in all of Section U9 and it is not in line with MBSA’s plan of increasing open green areas by 67% or an additional 1,325ha in the next 15 years, ” she pointed out.

During the objection hearing, only four representatives were allowed to speak for 30 minutes on behalf of residents and golf club members.

The hearing was chaired by Selangor local government, public transport, and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han.

The four-man team presented arguments on legality issues concerning the rezoning application and environmental impact.

No date was given by MBSA for the final decision on the rezoning.

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