Approval to develop Taman Rimba Kiara quashed

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Decision hailed as “major victory” by TTDI Residents’ Association and Save Taman Rimba Kiara Working Group.

The Court of Appeal has unanimously quashed the development order (DO) previously issued to Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan and developer Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd to jointly develop a portion of the Taman Rimba Kiara public park.

The decision was delivered today via online video conferencing by judges Mary Lim, Has Zanah Mehat and S Nantha Balan.

In an immediate statement, the TTDI Residents’ Association and Save Taman Rimba Kiara Working Group hailed the judgement as a “major victory”.

“Concurrent with today’s decision, we reiterate our desire for new housing for the longhouse families and we will continue in our efforts to get a proper and fair resolution to permanent housing for the families. They are our neighbours and partners in the TTDI community, and we will stand with them.

“This decision is a major victory for our community and neighbouring communities who have been relentless and unwavering in their fight and commitment to preserve Taman Rimba Kiara.

“Many of you may recall our first protest in 2016 and the many subsequent protests held throughout the years since.

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“This long and difficult struggle has been possible because of our collective unity, perseverance and commitment to protect our green space against the might of commercial interests, coupled with the staunch support of our Segambut MP YB Hannah Yeoh.

“In light of today’s decision by the Court of Appeal, we call on DBKL and the FT Ministry to finally do the right thing. Let us work together to deliver affordable, low density, permanent housing for the longhouse residents within the existing four acres of the Rumah Panjang and leave Taman Rimba Kiara to be the wonderful public park that it already is,” said the statement.

DBKL had approved the joint venture in 2014, when Barisan Nasional’s Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was the Federal Territories minister.

TTDI residents said the project will destroy 10ha of the last few remaining green lungs in Kuala Lumpur.

Under the Pakatan Harapan administration, Federal Territories minister Khalid Samad had negotiated for a scaled-down project comprising four blocks of service apartments and 204 affordable housing units, which the Save Taman Rimba group also rejected.

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The proposed development was to consist of a 17-storey block of 204 affordable housing units meant for the Bukit Kiara longhouse community, and four blocks of 41- to 45-storey condominiums, comprising 1,082 units in total.

Yeoh, who was on the side of the residents in her constituency, lauded today’s decision that ended a years-long legal challenge against the controversial development.

“Today justice prevailed. When the local authority, FT (Federal Territories) Ministers (old and new) and MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) failed us, the Court of Appeal restored my faith.

“Now, I want to focus my energy on helping the longhouse residents with permanent housing at the site,” Yeoh said on her Facebook.

“Some accused me of fighting for the rich at the expense of the poor. Some used the race card against me,” she said.

“I want to congratulate the core team of TTDI residents who fought this in court with their resources and many hours of taking leave from work and their family time. Congratulations to Hafiz, Leon, Khairuddin, Sivakumar, Clinton and so many more.

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“To aspiring politicians out there, always listen to the voters who gave you the mandate to represent them. Honour your words even if they cost you,” she added.