Kg Sg Baru land acquisition: All landowners will be heard, says Shahidan

THE Federal Territories Ministry has given its assurance to all landowners in the Kampung Sungai Baru land acquisition matters, including those who are yet to agree to it, that it will consider all their views.

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim (pic) said unrelated parties should not try to be a hero, by playing up the issue for personal gain.

He said more engagement sessions were being planned, to secure the agreement from the landowners.

"The planned development cannot be stopped as this will put those who have agreed at risk.

"They have already moved out four years ago and will not be able to move back in," he said when met after an event at the Wangsa Walk Mall in Wangsa Maju on Saturday (June 25).

The land acquisition issue gained media attention recently after some owners objected to it.

This was after the developer initiated a legal proceeding, via the Land Acquisition Act 1960, after failing to secure agreement from all landowners in the area.

It was earlier reported that 67 per cent or 219 owners already agreed to the development.

Before the Act was invoked, the developer held 60 engagement sessions with owners between 2016 and Oct 7, 2020.

Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Federal Territories), together with the Kampung Sungai Baru Residents Action Committee, earlier lodged a police report over the land acquisition matter.

News portal Majoriti on Thursday (June 23) reported that they objected to the process, citing that the planned project was commercial in nature and did not involve public interest.

They also urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to intervene in the matter.

Kampung Sungai Baru is sandwiched between the Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (Akleh), and the Kampung Paya and Kampung Pindah - which are sub-villages of Kampung Baru.

Here, there are 264 units across eight blocks (A, B, C, D, E, F, G and N) of walk-up flats.

There are also 64 terrace houses of varying sizes.

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