Bukit Gasing Community Held Public Meeting on 26th Jan08 

  

DBKL hand delivered letters, on 31st December 2007, to the Joint Action Committee for Bukit Gasing(JAC) and owners of properties who had petitioned DBKL for a Public Hearing. The letters stated that DBKL do not see a requirement for a Public Hearing on Gasing Meridian Sdn. Bhd.’s proposed development on Bukit Gasing (KL-Side).
 
Frustrated and angry residents, with strong support from JAC, organised a Public Meeting at Gasing Indah Community Hall on 26th January 2008, to inform the residents and owners in the vacinity of the proposed development of the high risks to their lives and homes.  
 
The Public Meeting was well supported with attendance of about 300 people, including YB Dato Dr. Lim Thuang Seng, local state assemblyman. Attendance register indicated that at least 30 of them were from outside the vacinity. There were 100+ people from Gasing Indah/Petaling Gardens and another 120+ people from Gasing Condos (Fraser, Cameron and Maxwell Towers). Given that the meeting was on a Saturday and the timing not quite optimum, the attendance demonstrated the real concern of the community and others from afar.
 
The meeting informed the community of the 13 major landslides since 1993 (including the Highland Tower disaster), with over 140 fatalities. Specific landslides and slope instability in the vacinity of Gasing Meridians proposed development were also highlighted. The significance of the danger posed by a 23 million liters reservior at the top Bukit Gasing and in close proximity to the proposed development and recent landslides caused by extension works at the Sivan Temple (main landslide in March 07, with a second slope collapse, 10 metres from original site) were not lost to the audience.
 
Gasing Meridian first applied for a significant development on the proposed site back in 1995, with DBKL agreeing only to a 1st stage development for works (not buildings) in 1999. Gasing Meridian’s appeal to have a single phased development fail. They then took legal action against DBKL to acquire its land. After loosing their High Court action, they appealed and the Court of Appeal rejected their appeal in December 2003. The 1995 development application has expired.
  
The Public Meeting call for support to oppose DBKL and to take court action against DBKL saying No to a Public Hearing was enthusiastically supported. The meeting launched the “Save Bukit Gasing (KL-Side) Fund” and requested pledges and donations to be made on the day.
 
Over RM 10,000 donations was collected from the community and pledges for over RM 28,000 (incl. of donations collected) were made on the day of the meeting. 
 
It is clear that the community strongly opposes DBKL’s lack of transparency and are very concerned. It is hoped that “Save Lives and Homes” will be a clarion call that many will support. If you would like to support the call against the re-sculpturing of Bukit Gasing (KL-Side) that will risk lives and homes, please send use an email to savebukitgasing@gmail.com.

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