ON BEHALF of the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Residents Association (TTDI RA), residents of TTDI and visitors and lovers of Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK), I wish to refer to a news broadcast aired by Astro Awani recently.
I want to clarify and correct certain inappropriate assumptions and statements made by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor during the interview in the news broadcast.
He made accusations that the protestors of the massive project in TRK were being influenced by the opposition parties.
From the very beginning, in the middle of 2016, all activities and actions in relation to the objections and protests were independently organised and staged by the association, residents of TTDI and the public at large without the influence or interference by any unrelated parties, namely political parties.
We are very much aware of what we are doing and are capable of rational and intellectual thinking.
All actions that we have taken were carried out based on our desire to protect our rights as stakeholders that have come to an agreement with many other entities in the drafting and formation of the Kuala Lumpur City Draft Plan 2020 (KLCDP 2020).
These actions were also necessary to defend the quality of life we have now in TTDI. TRK is one of the many attractions sought after by residents and purchasers of properties here.
The proposed project site (Lot 9244) is part of TRK and is not private property.
Practically every party, including the ministry and DBKL, are fully aware that the proposed project site is part of of the public open space known as TRK.
In this respect, the transfer of ownership of that piece of land now known as Lot 9244 to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) is doubtful and highly questionable.
It is also not consistent with the zoning provisions designated as per Map 161 in the KLCDP 2020.
On the accusation that we object to the proposed construction of the affordable public housing, it can be said that in all our actions, every statement that were recorded prove that we do not object to the building of the affordable public housing for the resettlement of residents of the existing public houses there.
We have all along been supportive of the affordable housing at the current site without the building of eight blocks of multi-storey luxury apartments and condominiums or any other developments.
It has been said that it is the responsibility of the authorities to provide decent and appropriate housing facilities to former workers of a rubber plantation company after its plantation was acquired by the Government more than 30 years ago.
We seek the consideration of Tengku Adnan to meet and have a dialogue session with the association and residents of TTDI on this matter.
ABDUL HAFIZ ABU BAKAR