Federal Court hearing of Taman Rimba Kiara appeal delayed to Sept 1

KUALA LUMPUR (Jun2 2): The hearing of the appeal against the Court of Appeal's decision to quash the proposed Taman Rimba Kiara project's development order has been rescheduled to Sept 1.

The Federal Court had earlier fixed June 14 to begin hearing the appeal, but rescheduled the hearing at case management today, said Alliff Benjamin Suhaimi, a lawyer representing the residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail Ismail (TTDI). 

"All the motions filed by the applicants are now fixed for hearing on Sept 1, 2021. It was earlier fixed for hearing on June 14," he told The Edge when contacted.

The applicants include Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), developer Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Malton Bhd), an association representing Bukit Kiara longhouse residents as well as landowner Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP).

The postponement of the hearing date was partly due to the imposition of a nationwide lockdown from June 1 to 14. 

On Jan 27, a three-member Court of Appeal bench led by Federal Court judge Datuk Mary Lim Thiam Suan unanimously decided that the development order for the project obtained in 2017 by the joint venture between YWP and Memang Perkasa is null and void.

In doing so, Justice Lim set aside the High Court's decision on Nov 28, 2018, which dismissed the TTDI residents' bid to stop the proposed mixed development project on a 25-acre site.

The project was approved by DBKL and former Federal Territories ministers Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (during the Barisan Nasional administration) and Khalid Samad (under the Pakatan Harapan government).

TTDI residents protested against the proposed development comprising eight blocks of high-end serviced apartments and one block of affordable housing apartments for residents of the Bukit Kiara longhouse, which had secured conditional planning permission and a development order from DBKL.

After the appeal court's decision was delivered, the TTDI Residents Association together with the Save Taman Kiara Working Group hailed the ruling as a major victory.

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