KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 27): The Court of Appeal decision on the Taman Rimba Kiara this morning has been deemed a “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”, the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Residents’ Association and Save Taman Rimba Kiara Working Group wrote in a joint media statement today.

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

“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 interest, coupled with the staunch support of our Segambut MP YB Hannah Yeoh,” it said.

“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 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,” it added.

The group also called 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 it already is.”

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