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Zuraida wants Selangor to approve Highland Tower demolition before 2020

PETALING JAYA (Dec 14): Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin wants the Selangor government to hasten the approval of the acquisition of the Highland Towers site for redevelopment so the current buildings can be demolished, the Malay Mail reported today.

“We have gone through everything, we have gone to the state government to acquire the land so that we can give it to MPAJ, so then we can demolish the building," she told the Malay Mail after launching the Taman Dagang Community Hub here today.

“It was supposed to be announced at the end of this year. So I am pushing the MB to make the approval quick and give us the figure so that we can acquire the land.

“We want it to happen by the end of 2019 so that we can have a good new year.”

The buildings have been abandoned for 26 years after one of the three Highland Towers condominiums collapsed and killed 48 people on Dec 11, 1993.

The minister who is also the MP of Ampang formed a committee last year to aid the redevelopment of the site in Ulu Klang, Selangor.

Zuraida was previously reported as saying that the Highland Towers would be demolished by June 2019 at the latest.

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