Cabinet to decide on Taman Rimba Kiara project, says Yeoh

Mikha Chan

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh calls for the park in Taman Rimba Kiara to be preserved as it is. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Najjua Zulkefli, April 4, 2019.

THE cabinet will decide on the proposed Taman Rimba Kiara redevelopment and the fate of longhouse residents there, said Hannah Yeoh.

The Segambut MP said Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad will present two options to scale down development in the area.

One is an updated version of his predecessor Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s proposal, and the other is Yeoh’s proposal to restrict the development to the longhouse’s footprint of 1.8ha.

“I, on behalf of the residents, also have a scaled-down version of the project. Our proposal is to build whatever you want, but only within the longhouse footprint.

“Don’t touch anything on Rimba Kiara. Preserve the park as it is,” said Yeoh, who is also deputy women, family and community development minister, in Taman Tun Dr Ismail today.

She did not say when the options will be presented to the cabinet.

The longhouse, where nearly 100 families of former Indian estate workers live, is adjacent to the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in TTDI and opposite the Taman Rimba Eco Park.

The park was rezoned for development by the former Barisan Nasional administration and Kuala Lumpur City Hall, but TTDI residents are fighting the project as it will cause congestion in the suburban residential area.

They have said the project was approved by Tengku Adnan with elements of conflict of interest and corruption.

Under the scaled-down version of the project negotiated by Khalid, 6.9ha of the park will remain intact.

“His (Khalid’s) proposal is a scaled-down version of Tengku Adnan’s. I am saying it is not good enough,” said Yeoh. – April 4, 2019.

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