THE USJ 6 residents’ objection to a proposed nine-storey commercial tower has fallen on deaf ears.
Despite their strong opposition at a public hearing at the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) headquarters last June, the project, located right in the residential area near Jalan USJ 6/4A, has been given the green light to proceed.
The decision was made known to the residents of the 42 houses within a 20m radius of the project site through registered letters dated Nov 25, 2008, by the MPSJ.
However, the residents only received the letters on Feb 18 and grouped together last Saturday to reiterate their opposition.
“When we first bought our houses in the early 1990s, this 0.61ha plot of land was designated for public amenities. In fact, it is still earmarked as such in the MPSJ draft local plan.
“A telecommunications exchange belonging to Telekom Malaysia now stands on the land.
“However, we were told last year that the land use in the title was changed from utility to commercial and the commercial tower will be built on 0.35ha of the land,” pro tem committee spokesman Philip Soong said.
The lack of infrastructure support, such as parking space, worries the residents.
“Many motorists who frequent Taipan (opposite USJ 6) park their vehicles illegally in our residential area.
“Even though the nine-storey tower will have two levels of basement car park, we foresee the parking problem worsening in the future,” Soong said.
The residents also want to have access to the Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) study, which was never revealed to them.
“We are very disappointed with the MPSJ.
“It should be transparent, just and trustworthy,” resident Jason Thiang said.
The residents have decided to appeal against the approval.
Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, who was also present at the event, said the approval for the project was granted by the state planning committee.
“I don’t believe that the state exco members sitting in the state planning committee have been briefed properly on this project. I will speak to Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and raise this issue in the coming state assembly meeting.
“Subang Jaya is already over-developed. Do we really need this commercial tower? Let the commercial buildings be inside Taipan, instead of coming into the residential area,” she said.
Yeoh added that the conversion of the land use in the land title was done in 2005 and she suspected that it might be a land scam.
“Also, despite numerous follow-up meetings with the council, I found out that the TIA report was submitted in September last year but I was never informed of it,” she said.
In the MPSJ letter to the residents, it was stated that the MPSJ urban planning department had laid down certain conditions pertaining to the project based on the residents’ objections.
Among the conditions are that:
·the plot ratio be kept at 1:4;
·A 15.24m entrance /exit road be built at Persiaran Perpaduan; and
·158 parking lots be prepared for cars and 96 for motorcycles .