Don’t take our lake

  • Community
  • Tuesday, 05 Feb 2013

HUNDREDS of residents from Pandan Perdana, Cheras staged a protest recently over a proposed development project near the Pandan Perdana Lake Clubhouse.

They said plans were afoot to demolish the clubhouse, which is more than 10 years old to make way for a high-rise condominium project.

Residents say they use the premises for recreation and want the development proposal scrapped.

They also claimed that the lake was abandoned by the developer for several years and that residents had formed an association to manage and maintain the lake.

Pandan Perdana Lake Nature Lover Association chairman Tong Man Yin said residents had borne the cost to clean and maintain the lake for almost 10 years now.

“The residents are upset as this is the only place in the neighbourhood for recreation.

“Many senior citizens exercise and practise tai chi here in the mornings,” he said.

Another resident, Pandan Glades Rukun Tetangga chairman Harichan Paul Charan said the residents want an explanation on the matter from the local authority.

“The residents are confused. They do not know what is going to happen and they want an explanation as residents and stakeholders were not consulted over the matter.

“If the project was allowed, it would affect the residents tremendously. The area is already congested and this additional development will make matters worse,” he said.

“We hope the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) will have a dialogue session with the residents to brief them on plans for the lake. Hopefully, they can take action and stop this proposed development,” he said.

Teratai constituency public complaints bureau chief Ben Liew Pok Boon, who was present during the protest, said many residents used the clubhouse and lake area for exercise and recreational activities.

“There are about 13,000 residents in Teratai and Pandan Perdana areas. This area has been developed to a point where there is not much land left for recreational purposes,” he said.

“The authorities should gazette the place as a green lung and ensure residents have a place for recreation,” he said, adding that the area was already overdeveloped.

“We are now gathering signatures from residents who strongly oppose this move. We will then send a memorandum to the Selangor Mentri Besar,” he said.

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