Five challenge land acquisition for MRT project

KUALA LUMPUR: Two registered land owners and three companies are challenging the acquisition of nine lots of prime land in Bukit Bintang for the multi-billion ringgit Klang Valley MY Rapid Transit (MRT) project.

They are seeking leave from the High Court to apply for a judicial review that the land acquisition proceedings for the project is unconstitutional and unlawful.

The five succeeded in getting an interim stay until Sept 6 over the acquisition proceeding against the affected, said their lawyer K.L. Pang yesterday.

They want to get a declaration that the approval of the State Authority – Federal Terri­tories and Urban Well-being Minister and/or Government – in respect of the application for the acquisition of their land was illegal.

They claimed that the approval over the acquisition of lands was unlawful and illegal, being made in bad faith and in breach and in violation of Section 3E (2) of the Land Acquisition Act – the plots approved for acquisition are larger in area than that needed for the MRT project.

Yesterday, High Court judge Justice Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim set Sept 6 to deliver his decision on the application for leave by the five after hearing submissions for two days from senior federal counsel Datin Azizah Nawawi and SFC Noor Hisham Ismail, who acted for the Government, and their lead counsel Su Tiang Joo.

LTS Resources Holdings (M) Sdn Bhd and Pedoman Cekap Sdn Bhd are the two registered land owners.

The three others are the parent company T.S.Law Corporation Sdn Bhd and its two subsidiaries LTS Properties (M) Sdn Bhd and LTS Capital Sdn Bhd.

They have named Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister, Government and Federal Territory Land Administrator as respondents in their application filed at the High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) registry on Aug 5.

In the application, the five stated that T.S. Law Corporation, since the late 1990s, had the intention of developing a commercial centre at the Bukit Bintang area here through its subsidiaries.

They contended that T.S. Law Corporation has, through its subsidiary companies, been building up its land bank in the Bukit Bintang area by purchasing 30 lots of land from 1999 and 2011 for RM132mil.

They want the court to quash the approval, costs and any further relief deemed fit by the court.

The Federal Territory Land Administrator is to commence the acquisition proceedings calling for an enquiry over the lands from Sept 9 to determine their awards.

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