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FT minister's announcement on Taman Rimba Kiara project 'sub judice', says TTDI residents association

KUALA LUMPUR (April 12): The Taman Tun Dr Ismail Residents Association (TTDIRA) considers Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa’s recent announcement about the continuation of the TTDI longhouse redevelopment project as sub-judice since the matter still being heard in court.

“We note with surprise the (Federal Territories) FT Minister's sudden action to conduct a working visit and to issue forceful statements about proceeding with the proposed development project at Taman Rimba Kiara, even while the relevant lawsuit is still being heard by the Court of Appeal.

“We would also highlight that the lawyers acting for Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (of which the FT minister is chairperson) and Malton Group have previously issued letters threatening legal action regarding the sub-judice rule in connection with public discourse on the proposed development project,” residents association president Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar said in a statement today, reported Malaysiakini.

“The minister's forceful statements about proceeding with the development project at Taman Rimba Kiara, which have now been given blanket coverage in the media, appear to be sub judice,” said Abdul Hafiz.

The association added that it had requested meetings with Annuar, but he has yet to respond.

Abdul Hafiz also said that he was surprised the FT minister gave the greenlight for the project as the country is still in the midst of COVID-19 the movement control order (MCO), reported the news portal.

“Among other things, we had hoped to offer him the opportunity to hear residents' and taxpayers' perspectives on the proposed development project at Taman Rimba Kiara, including alternative permanent housing plans at the same site for the longhouse community."

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