MAS Council wants to sit in proposed Kampung Baru Development Corporation

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kampung Baru Malay Agricultural Settlement (MAS) Administrative Council is against the formation of the proposed Kampung Baru Development Corporation if none of the Council members sits in the

Acting vice-president of the Council, Mashuti Mat Soom said the Council felt that the formation of the Corporation would not bring any benefit to the development there and would at the same time invalidate the Administrative
Council which had administered the area for the last 110 years.

"Kampung Baru and MAS had been together ever since the Kampung Baru settlement came into being. We understand the problems of the settlers and all matters had been managed by us since so long ago.

"We fear that if the Corporation is made up of people who were not originally from Kampung Baru and with representatives from the government-linked corporations (GLCs) and commercial entities, the special privileges of the Malays would eventually disappear," he said at a media conference, here On Wednesday June 16.

He said it was illogical that the absolute rights inherited by the residents earlier were handed to the proposed corporation whose capability has yet to be proven.

Mashuti said they did not reject the development of Kampung Baru but it would be better if the development was carried out by the settlers themselves and monitored by a body that could be trusted.

He said the decision of the settlers to develop the area was done through MAS, and so far, an opinion poll had not been carried out. "So, the statement that land owners and inheritors of the properties in Kampung Baru had agreed on the proposal to develop the area could not be accepted," he said.

It was reported on June 14 that the owners and inheritors of the land in Kampung Baru have agreed to the proposal to redevelop the area whilst retaining 100 percent Bumiputera ownership.

The agreement was reported to have been reached during a discussion between the Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin and 50 representatives of the association representing owners and inheritors of land in Kampung Baru at the Menara Dewan Bandaraya Kuala
Lumpur (DBKL). -- Bernama
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