KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa has cleared up the confusion among residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail who claimed several metal poles had been placed at a park in their area for some structural work to be carried out.
He said the metal poles placed at a football field in Taman Rimba Kiara were not meant for any development project but rather for demarcation purposes for the park.
“Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has been installing these poles to indicate their boundaries. That’s all,” he told reporters during his visit today to the park, accompanied by Kuala Lumpur mayor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan.
Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh was also present during the visit.
Earlier today, Yeoh had raised the issue of the metal poles during a press conference here and said she was awaiting a reply from Annuar.
The residents are against a proposed project in their area, consisting of a 29-storey apartment block with 350 units of affordable housing, as well as eight blocks of service apartments and an eight-storey building for parking. They have filed a suit.
The court battle over the proposed development of the park, by TTDIRA and DBKL, started in 2017 and is awaiting judgment in the Court of Appeal.
“The matter is still at the Court of Appeal,” Yeoh said today during a press conference. “Yesterday, we received videos from park-goers showing ongoing work in the middle of the field.”
She said several days ago, the residents had witnessed surveying work being done at the park before 20 two-metre poles were installed. When the residents questioned the purpose of the poles, the workers said they were “putting up a boundary”.
“They (developer and landowner) went on a public relations exercise to say they would not touch the park. Now, in the middle of the park, they have put up the poles,” Yeoh had said.
The MP also questioned why the park’s name was changed.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) was reported to have renamed the park Taman Awam Bukit Kiara to prevent confusion with another public park nearby.
Annuar sought to assure the residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail that the new name is merely a suggestion and had not been confirmed yet.
“There is a certain procedure that they (DBKL) need to follow to change the name of the park and the submission must be made to a committee supervised by the ministry’s secretary-general,” he said.
When asked if the ministry could retain the park’s original name as it had drawn criticism from the public, he answered: “There would be no problem to stick to the original name if the residents want it.”
He also said no development work would be carried out until the court case was settled.