Taman Rimba Kiara developer told to resubmit plan without encroaching on green space

TTDI Residents Association has reiterated its stand that there should be no encroachment onto existing green space. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The developer of the contentious Taman Rimba Kiara project has been asked to resubmit a plan that is limited to the existing longhouse footprint of 1.6ha, following a joint working committee (JWC) meeting held last month.

The request was made by Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, who sits on the JWC, a committee which was set up for all parties to work towards an acceptable solution on the project, the Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) Residents Association said today.

At the same meeting, Yeoh had rejected a scaled-down proposal of the Malton mega project, as it continued to encroach into green space.

“She requested the developer to re-submit a plan that is limited to the existing longhouse footprint of four acres (1.6ha).

“We therefore expect to look at a revised proposal on that basis from the developer at the next JWC meeting,” the TTDI RA said in a statement.

The TTDI RA was responding to a report that various stakeholders could not come to an agreement on the development in Taman Rimba Kiara.

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad had said the meeting of the JWC, comprising Taman Tun Dr Ismail residents, Bukit Kiara longhouse residents and government agencies, could not come to a unanimous agreement.

The association said there had only been one meeting so far — last month — which was more about allowing all parties to express their viewpoints and perspectives.

“In the JWC, TTDI RA reiterated its consistent stand that there should be no encroachment onto existing green space.

“We support permanent housing for the longhouse residents and have already demonstrated that a viable, affordable design can be built for them within the current four-acre longhouse footprint,” it said.

The TTDI RA added that it would continue to work within the framework on finding an acceptable solution.

Back in 2014, Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP), under the purview of the former Barisan Nasional government, entered into a joint venture with Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Malton Bhd, to build a mega project on 4.85ha.

This mega project entailed the construction of a block of 350 units of affordable housing for the Taman Rimba Kiara longhouse community and eight 50-storey high-end condominium blocks (1,800 units) for a total gross development value of at least RM3 billion.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) issued a development order for the mega project on July 13, 2017, despite massive objections from the TTDI community.