The Star M E T R O –  Friday March 28, 2008

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/3/28/central/20772957&sec=central

DESPITE the on-going legal battle on the long-standing Bukit Gasing issue, the developer has gone ahead with construction work at the Kuala Lumpur side of the hill.

Residents received letters dated March 24 notifying them that work would be going on and the developer has begun felling trees and clearing the hill.

In the letters, the developer makes reference to approval letters by Kuala Lumpur City Hall dated October and November.

“City Hall refuses to show us the approval letters and it is very frustrating for the residents.

“I’m urging that City Hall issue a stop-work permit until the legal matter is resolved,” said the residents’ legal advisor R.S. Sivarasa, who is also Subang MP.

“Even though the development is on the Kuala Lumpur side of the hill, the effects are detrimental to residents in Selangor as well.

“We are not denying development but we are for preserving the environment because there are not many green areas left in the city,” Bukit Gasing assemblyman Edward Lee said.

“The judge in this case has given directives that residents can apply for a court order to stop work if construction begins while she is on leave until she comes back to deliver the judgement,” he added.

“We urge the Federal Territory MPs to fight for the interests of the residents. Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong will be meeting Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah to discuss the matter as well,” Lee said.

He added that the piece of land must be preserved even if the government had to buy it back at an appropriate price.

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