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High-rise complex instead of police station?

 | July 30, 2012

Several Brickfields community groups want DBKL to build a police station on the land instead of developing a high-rise apartment.

PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) plan to develop a high-rise building on the land once occupied by the Brickfields district police headquarters has irked several groups.

Brickfields Community Neighbourhood Watch chairman SKK Naidu said the notice was placed on the land for nearly two weeks but he just realised its contents recently.

Naidu said that the government should rebuild a police station on the land to beef up security for the locals.

“The land is an institutional land. The Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being Ministry promised to build a police station there. Why create another problem now?” he asked.

He was referring to The Star’s article on July 17, where minister Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin had reportedly said that the government would build a new police station on the land.

“The details have not been finalised. The developer, police and DBKL are still discussing the matter,” Nong Chik had said.

Naidu, who claims to represent several other religious and educational societies in Brickfields, said that he would send an objection letter to DBKL tomorrrow.

He also said that DBKL should study any development in Brickfields thoroughly in order to avoid any problems in the future.

“The City Hall developed KL Sentral without building infrastructure like new roads. Now, the existing roads are very congested and locals are moving out of the place,” he said.

Brickfields Business Community (BBC) secretary A Karuppiah concurred with Naidu’s assessment, saying he would raise this matter during a dialogue session with the police soon.

“There’s nothing much to comment. We are opposed to the high-rise building project as we want a police station to be built there,” he said.

Based on the notice board, DBKL intended to convert the institutional land into a commercial land to build 34-storey service apartments.

Two blocks of office units were also slated to be developed on the prime land.

The notice also stipulated that tomorrow would be the last day for residents to object to the proposed development.

The Brickfields district police headquarters used to be situated on the land for about three decades before it was moved to Sri Petaling last year.


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