KUALA LUMPUR: Residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) are staging a sit-in protest on Sunday morning against a proposed condominium project that may swallow almost half of Taman Rimba Kiara, a popular green lung in the city.
The event aims to raise awareness of a groundbreaking case that residents have filed against the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), according to the Save Taman Rimba Kiara group’s media coordinator, Khairudin Rahim.
“The sit-in is being held to demonstrate the residents’ outrage at what has been done to the park, which is meant for the public’s use,” he said.
A notice on the group’s Facebook page about the event, to be held from 9am to 11am at the park, calls on supporters to join the TTDI community as they express their continued objections to the proposed development.
“Since a Nov 3 town-hall meeting with the federal territories minister, the minister has failed to keep his word to meet the residents separately to discuss the mega project,” it said.
In the case filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, the residents are seeking an order for the DBKL to gazette the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan so that no area designated for public use in the plan can be converted for other purposes, Khairudin said.
The court has set Dec 13 to hear all the parties in the suit, which was filed by the TTDI Residents Association, the management of five apartment complexes and several residents, against the DBKL and the mayor.
The proposed development involves the building of eight blocks of 42- and 52-storey high-end serviced apartments and a 29-storey affordable housing block, which will provide 350 units of affordable housing for former TTDI longhouse residents.
This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on Nov 24, 2017.
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