By TK Chua
When a government is without representation, this is what happens – they will make decisions in total disregard of the needs and wellbeing of the people.
The Federal Territory Minister is not even an MP of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. The Mayor of Kuala Lumpur is not even elected. Yet they have both held sway over the life of “KL people”, sometimes with contempt and arrogance.
For decades, displaced estate workers of former Kiara estate were left to live in “long houses” and no one really cared. It is good that the authorities suddenly want to build apartments for them. But alas, this was just a ploy.
Instead of building one block of affordable housing consisting of 350 units, some smart aleck proposed an additional eight blocks of high-end apartments (42 to 54 storeys, numbering 1,766 units) on a 4.86ha parcel of land near Taman Rimba Kiara. I think even a nincompoop knows the duplicity involved.
Don’t get me wrong, no one is arguing against the right to develop land. But can’t the authorities see that development must be within reason and be able to satisfy the need of others living in the vicinity? Development has no right to irreparably damage the life of others.
Houses in TTDI have always been a little pricier but most people are willing to pay simply because it is a leafy and relatively low density environment. Many have invested their life savings to live in this place.
I think the authorities have no right to disrupt everything in the name of development and affordable housing simply because someone is going to make a lot of money from this project.
Let’s not argue over the legalities. Development must make sense to the people. How do the authorities even want to consider approving a project of this magnitude in a relatively low density area near a public park? Is this a case of pure greed?
The whole environment in TTDI was built with a certain “understanding”. To the minister and the mayor without representation, I think it is time they understand this and address the needs and anxieties of the people.
The people in TTDI settled here way before this proposed development was made. Please don’t use power, technicality and law to subdue others. I urge the use of common sense instead.
TK Chua is an FMT reader.
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