TheStar Nation, Saturday April 26, 2008 

KUALA LUMPUR: The stay order granted by the High Court to halt all action pertaining to the hillslope development in Bukit Gasing will continue to be effective until May 5.


Justice Lau Bee Lan allowed the extension, pending continued hearing of an application for a judicial review to quash an order by the mayor not to hold a public hearing on the application for a development order by developer Gasing Meridien Sdn Bhd (GMSB).


At the outset of yesterday’s proceedings, lawyer R. Sivarasa, representing the 108 residents of Bukit Gasing, said the planning permission was only meant for sub-division of the land and not hoarding.


“The hoarding process that GMSB had conducted was illegal, as it was also defined as development under Section 22 of the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1982, and needed a separate planning permission,” said Sivarasa.


Romesh Abraham, counsel for the mayor, argued that the approval granted by DBKL was for minor works and that the alleged hoarding was only “protective fences”.


On March 18, the court granted the residents leave for judicial review, allowing them the right to express their concerns for a development project in the area.