More time needed on Highland Tower project, says MB

Amirudin Shari says Zuraida Kamruddin’s hopes to get the site redeveloped can only be realised next year.

KLANG: Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari tonight said the acquisition of the Highland Towers site for redevelopment could not be done before the year ends, as the state government was still going through the relevant documents.

He said the hopes of housing minister Zuraida Kamaruddin could only be realised next year, for the ruined building to be demolished for a recreational park.

“We received the letter (from the ministry) last month and we are working on it as it involves various parties such as the land office and related agencies.

“It will take some time, maybe between three to four months,” he said when met at a Christmas function here.

Earlier today, Zuraida expressed hope that the Selangor government could expedite the approval for the acquisition of the site for redevelopment, 26 years after it was abandoned.

Zuraida said that her ministry only needed to get the nod from Amirudin’s administration to start the process.

In August last year, Zuraida proposed that the Highland Towers area be re-developed as a recreational park.

This was because the structure of the soil in the area was not suitable for housing.

On Dec 11, 1993, one of the three blocks of the Highland Towers Condominium in Taman Hillview, Ulu Klang, collapsed in an incident which took the lives of 48 people.