By BAVANI M, theStar MetroCentral, Monday June 30, 2008
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/6/30/central/21694819&sec=central

 

Abdul Aziz: ‘The DBKL is supposed to plan the city in stages.’

THE Coalition to Save Kuala Lumpur is calling on the government to review the laws governing the city of Kuala Lumpur.

Coalition chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said the current laws applied by the Federal government and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall in planning KL were not only ridiculous but also insensitive to the ratepayers, who were the real stakeholders of the city.

Abdul Aziz said laws like the Federal Territory Act 1960 and the Federal Territory Planning Act 1982 were redundant if they were not complied with.

“The DBKL is supposed to plan the city in stages. You have the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020, which must be in line with the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 policies (KLSP2020) – yet Sec 22 of the Federal Territory Planning Act 1982 says irrespective of all these plans, the mayor can still make his own decisions. In other words he has absolute discretion,” Abdul Aziz said.

Abdul Aziz, who is also the Bukit Damansara Residents Association president, cited the Damansara 21 case as an example.

“You have Sec 23 of the Federal Territory Planning Act 1982, which encourages the public to object to development in their neighbourhood. So people come and object, yet projects are approved.

“And, even if the DBKL rejects the approval, the developers still have the right to appeal – isn’t this absurd? That’s why there is an urgent need to review these laws.”

The Coalition, comprising more than 26 residents associations and non-governmental organisations, is also objecting to the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 and the current planning practices of Kuala Lumpur.

Their main objections include the DBKL’s non-compliance with Sec 12A of the Town & Country Planning Act 1976, as they claimed there was no pre-consultation with the public before the draft city plan was formulated.

The violation of the policies of the National Physical Plan as well as omissions of critical components of the plan have resulted in frustration and anger among the city’s ratepayers.

The coalition is demanding that the DBKL and the Federal Territorries Ministry withdraw the draft local plan, freeze all develop-ment applications and investigate abuses in local planning and the violation of federal policies and Cabinet decisions.

“The DBKL must be sensitive to the people and address environmental, social and security issues through involvement of KL residents and stakeholders in the development plans,” said Aziz.

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