KUALA LUMPUR: The government is going ahead with the high-rise development near Taman Rimba Kiara in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) to facilitate the building of new homes for longhouse residents there.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor asked the elite folk of TTDI not to be egotistical about the situation and be more considerate.
“The poor longhouse residents were there before the high-rise and posh condominiums came about and they have been living in squalid conditions for decades,’’ Tengku Adnan, also known as Ku Nan, said.
“I want to build these houses for the poor, and I don’t want to use the rakyat’s money.
“That’s why we need this cross-subsidy mechanism with the private sector to enable us to so, so we are going ahead with it,’’ he added.
“For those saying that we are building it on park land, for that I say, no way. There is no way I will touch Taman Rimba. The project is out of Taman Rimba,’’ he reiterated.
“Don’t say that DBKL (Kuala Lumpur City Hall) is not sensitive. We are sensitive to the plight of the residents who have been living here (longhouse) in deplorable conditions for so long.
“We have asked the developer to repair their ageing homes, the windows, doors, but they need better homes; so please TTDI folk don’t be egotistical,’’ Tengku Adnan stressed.
It was reported in StarMetro that more than 1,000 residents had attended a peaceful march to protest against the development as they were afraid it would encroach into Taman Rimba Kiara.
The units for the longhouse residents will have three rooms and two toilets each.
DBKL said in a statement that it had received the application for development but was still pending consideration under Rule 5 of the Federal Territory Planning Act 1982.
Rule 5 allows stakeholders near the proposed development to voice their opinions on the project and a decision of its approval will be made based on the feedback received.
It involves the increase of population density in the area and nearby residents can voice their opinion of the development project to City Hall.
As of June 27, DBKL had received 20 feedback forms from nearby residents,” the statement added.
The objection period ended on June 29.
The proposed development project by Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan on Lot PT 9244, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, next to the Taman Awam Berskala Besar Bukit Kiara, includes eight blocks of serviced apartments ranging from 42 to 54 storeys (1,766 units).
TTDI Residents Association chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar said they had collected more than 5,600 signatures from residents who were against the development.
“That piece of land should remain a public park.
“The area where the longhouses is located now must be redeveloped for the benefit of the existing longhouse settlers, which was promised at the time of the acquisition of Bukit Kiara.
“The authorities are responsible for providing decent housing for the longhouse settlers, so why ask a private developer (to develop the place) now?” he asked.
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