TTDI residents take DBKL, KL mayor to court

People cycling in Taman Rimba Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, in June. A proposed high-end development in the area has been met with strong opposition from residents. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 29, 2017.

RESIDENTS of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) have filed a judicial review against Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Kuala Lumpur mayor over a proposed high-end development in Taman Rimba Kiara, reported The Star.

Save Taman Rimba Kiara Working Group committee coordinator Leon Koay said leave had been granted by the High Court on August 23, and judicial papers were served on DBKL and Mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz yesterday.

“The focus of the application is on why they made a decision like this, and whether they went through the right processes and demonstrated the right kind of diligence in making the decision,” he was quoted as saying at a press conference in the suburb’s community hall today.

The parties to the judicial review application are the management bodies of the five apartment complexes closest to Taman Rimba Kiara, TTDI Residents Association and individual residents.

Case management at the High Court has been fixed for September 6.

The application seeks a court order to stop a conditional planning permission granted by DBKL to the developer, Memang Perkasa, on February 28, and to quash a development order issued on July 13.

The applicants also want the court to order the KL mayor to adopt and gazette the KL Draft City Plan 2020, and stay the Planning Permission, Development Order, as well as other related processes and actions, until substantive matters raised in their application are disposed.

TTDI residents have been protesting the development since news of it broke last year.

The proposed development includes eight blocks of between 42- and 52-storey high-end serviced apartments, and another 29-storey block of 350 units of affordable housing.

Also included is a six-lane highway and flyover to cater to the higher population density.

The affordable housing is meant for nearby “longhouse” residents.

TTDI residents have been supportive of providing them with new accommodation on the existing site of the longhouses, but not that of luxury high-rise apartments.

“The character of this place is a green space and not a public park, and we won’t allow development in the park,” said Koay. – August 29, 2017.

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