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Noel Achariam, NST Streets, Friday, 25 July 2008

 

SHAH ALAM: Scrap it, say 10 of Kuala Lumpur’s 11 members of parliament of the KL City Draft Plan.

 

The MPs decided at a meeting on Wednesday to campaign for the plan to be withdrawn and a new plan drawn up that takes in the public’s interests.
They plan to start a road show to explain to constituents the flaws in the plan, and to bring their objections to the prime minister.

The 10 MPs, of Pakatan Rakyat, said they would collect signatures from those who are against the plan.

The MPs have also decided to send an objection letter to the prime minister and the Federal Territories minister.

The decision was made at a closed door meeting on Wednesday at the Shah Alam residence of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, the Bandar Tun Razak MP who is also the Selangor Menteri Besar. Members of Coalition to Save Kuala Lumpur (CSKL) also attended the meeting.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng did not attend, and neither did Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique, the MP for Setiawangsa, who is Federal Territories Minister.

Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun said the MPs had agreed to collectively write a letter stating their objections to the draft plan.

CSKL has explained in detail the draft plan, which is in serious violation of the National Physical Plan (NPP). I believe that we have to move fast as the objection deadline (Aug 31) is just around the corner,” he said.

Kepong MP Tan Seng Giaw said: “We are looking at various things that were discussed at the meeting and we have all agreed that the plan does not conform with the NPP.”

He said the MPs are now questioning the legality of the draft plan.

“Currently there are 1.6 million people living in Kuala Lumpur and according to the draft plan, it will be increased to 2.2 million by 2020. This shows that the plan is not binding to the NPP.

“They are supposed to lower the density, instead they are increasing it. This simply shows that the draft plan does not conform with the NPP.

“How are we going to make Kuala Lumpur a world class city if there are such discrepancies in the plan?” he asked.

“What authority have they got? How can they approve the draft plan without consulting the people?”

Tan stressed that City Hall must answer all the questions and objections raised.

He added that the MPs are going to step up their campaign and go to the grassroots to explain to the people.

“We will also go through the proper channels to have discussions with City Hall and the prime minister and then we will decide on the next step to take,” he said.

Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai said that the MPs are serious in seeking a meeting with the prime minister to present a letter of objection on the draft Plan.

“We are opposing the draft plan due to several reasons. Firstly, the plan has failed to comply with the legal requirements, including the Town and Country Planning Act 1982. And we will also bring up the issue of the Draft Plan Volume 3, which is still not available to the public,” he said.

“The prime minister might not be in the know of the flaws in the draft plan. We will be stating all our reasons in our letter to him,” he said.

CSKL chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said: “We were called in to brief the MPs and the Selangor Menteri Besar on the flaws of the draft plan. We have explained in detail all the issues and legal aspect of the plan.”

CSKL is a coalition of 32 residents’ associations, non-governmental organisations and other concerned parties.

 

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/Streets/Friday/Stories/2302184/Article/index_html

The Star Metro – Wednesday July 23, 2008

THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is the first local government in Selangor to release the list of zones to be served by its 24 councillors.

Under the zoning system, each councillor was allocated an area for them to better serve and understand the needs of the local residents.

Chan Chee Keong will represent PJU 8 Damansara Perdana, PJU 9 Bandar Sri Damansara and PJU 10 Damansara Damai while Syed Abd Malik Syed A Hamid Al Jafree will oversee PJU 6 Bandar Utama (Kampung Kayu Ara) and PJU 7 Mutiara Damansara.

Panneerselvam Varathan will represent PJU 4 (FRIM) and PJU 5 Kota Damansara while Mohd Halil Haji Harun will take care of PJU 1A, PJU 2 Jaya Industrial Park and PJU 3 Tropicana.

Ahmad Yusof Ludin has been assigned to SS21, SS22 and SS22A, Robert Tan Siang Chok takes care of SS23, 24 and 26 with Cynthia Gabriel was given PJU 1, SS25, and SS4.

The SS2 area was assigned to Francis Chang while Mak Khuin Weng will represent Section 19 residents with Richard Yeoh looking after Section 16 and 17.

Ghazali Shaari will represent Section 11, 12 and 13, Derek Fernandez Section 5 and Section 10 and Anthony Thanasayan will oversee Section 6, 7, 9 and 52.

Sections 8, 14 and 51A will come under Thiruvenggadam Aamuthu, Section 2 and 52 under Tang Fuie Koh while Latheefa Koya will represent Section 1, 1A, 3, 4 and 18.

Dr Melasutra Md Dali has been assigned to PJS 1 and 2, Mahharul Ismail (PJS 3 and 4) and Ramakrishnan Suppiah (Section 20, 21 and 22).

Tiew Way Keng has been assigned to SS1, SS3 and SS9A, Muzammil Hafiz (SS5 and SS6), Michael Soon Kwai Choy (SS7 and SS11), Kamarudin Suhaimi (SS8, SS9 and SS10) and Halimey Abu Bakar (PJS 5, PJS 6, part of PJS7, PJS 8, and PJS 10).


http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/7/23/central/21892197&sec=central

For Contact Details of MBPJ Councillors: http://www.mbpj.gov.my/AhliMajlis2008.htm

Noel Achariam, NST Streets, Friday, 21 July 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: A high-powered meeting of Kuala Lumpur MPs will be held at the Selangor Menteri Besar’s residence in Shah Alam next week to discuss controversial KL issues.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who is MP for Bandar Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur, has called the meeting on Wednesday with the 10 Pakatan Rakyat Members of Parliament in Kuala Lumpur and the Coalition to Save Kuala Lumpur.

 

Coalition chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said Khalid is not pleased with the Draft KL City Plan 2020.

“Khalid has invited us to explain in detail CSKL’s plans and our objections,” he said.

Aziz said the CSKL working committee and environmental and town planning activist Derek Fernandez will explain in detail the flaws of the Draft Plan and what course of action needs to be taken.

One of the main issues that will be raised, he said, is City Hall’s claim that the Draft Plan is not bound by the regulations of the National Physical Plan (NPP).

“City Hall holds the view that the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1982 governs the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020. But that Act has been superseded substantially by the Town and Country planning Act 2001, which came into force in March 2002,” he said.

CSKL recently sent a letter to the prime minister, Federal Territories Ministry and City Hall stating that the draft plan is full of flaws and contravenes many acts and laws.

“The Mayor has responded to our objections and what was said in the media. We are now preparing a statement on the points raised about the flaws in the draft plan, and how it does not comply with the NPP,” he said, adding that the statement will be released next week.

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/Streets/Monday/Stories/2298484/Article/

Noel Achariam

 

Bangsar Baru Residents Association’s first meeting on the Kuala Lumpur Draft Plan at Bangsar Sports Complex. Picture by MOKHSIN ABIDIN

 

KUALA LUMPUR: The Coalition to Save Kuala Lumpur (CSKL) has said no to the KL City Draft Plan 2020.

 

The coalition, comprising more than 20 residents’ associations from the various districts in Kuala Lumpur, made this stand after a meeting on Wednesday with the Joint Action Committee for Bukit Gasing and the Bangsar Business Council.

They unanimously agreed that the KL City Draft Plan was fundamentally flawed and needs to be re-evaluated.

The coalition will call in its own town planners and consultants to study the draft plan and make recommendations to City Hall on the changes.

The coalition’s latest move was in contrast to its earlier call to City Hall for more time to study the plan. CSKL had earlier requested City Hall to extend the deadline for recommendations by the public from June 30 to Dec 31.

Now, the coalition has decided not to ask for more time but to reject the KL draft plan.

The coalition, which has formed a five-man working committee, will draft a letter to the Federal Territories Ministry and City Hall, stating their objections to the plan and making recommendations for changes.

The coalition has told the residents associations in the various districts to get town planners to study the draft plan involving their areas and come up with better designs.

The coalition is headed by Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman while its deputy chairman is Datuk George Joseph, the president of the Bangsar Baru Residents Association, and its secretary is Thevi Sinnadurai.

Abdul Aziz said that the coalition is now planning to bring the issue to parliament.

“We have come to the conclusion that the draft plan is not consistent with the National Physical Plan (NPP), which is mandatory. The strategic policies lined out in the NPP have to be taken seriously.

“The draft plan does not tackle the fundamental issues, which is making the city a better place for the residents to live in based on the quality of life.

“Instead they are planning to increase the density in Kuala Lumpur. We do not see how this plan gives that impact,” he said, adding that the draft plan envisages an increase in density, whereas the NPP aims for a decrease in density.

“We will be making a formal representation, stating our reasons why CSKL is rejecting the plan,” he said.

Bukit Damansara House Owners Association secretary Selva Kumar Rasiah said he was not surprised that many residents’ associations were not in favour of the draft plan.

“We were impressed by the overwhelming response from the residents’ associations. Everyone came with a strong decision to reject the draft plan. We believe that the plan is not going forward and we want changes to be made.

“We have a group of dedicated professionals who are willing to take the trouble to study the plan and point out the flaws. Many of them are coming with a wealth of experience to debate on the issues and we believe that together as a team we can make a difference,” he said.

PEARL LEE, Malay Mail, Friday July 4, 2008
http://www.mmail.com.my/Current_News/mm/Friday/Frontpage/20080704114909/Article/index_html

THE views of Kuala Lumpur residents are not important when structuring a strategy as important as the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020, Mayor Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan has ruled.

  

It does not matter, it seems, if the draft plan does not comply with Section 12A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 that requires consultation with the public when structuring such a plan.

Nor does it matter that the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Amendment 2001) was ignored – the plan was done according to the Federal Territory Planning Act 1982.

And finally, according to him, the strategic policy of the National Physical Plan and the National Urbanisation Policy does not apply to City Hall in the formulation of the draft plan.

This was the gist of a detailed explanation on the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 sent to the Coalition to Save Kuala Lumpur by Ab Hakim. Coalition chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said yesterday he was not satisfied.

Aziz, who received the two-page letter and a 20-page annexure from the mayor yesterday afternoon, said the coalition and City Hall had differing views on matters which are legal in nature pertaining to the draft plan.

“There are fundamental differences in views from a legal aspect.” He said the mayor had stated in the letter that the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Amendment 2001) did not apply to City Hall in the preparation of the draft plan. Instead the planning was done according to the Federal Territory Planning Act 1982.

“We are saying that this is not right as both the 1976 and the amended Act must be complied with by City Hall in the creation of the draft plan.” The coalition had on June 20 written a letter to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Federal Territories Ministry, the Housing and Local Government Ministry as well as City Hall, in which they raised nine main objections to the draft plan.

One was the nondisclosure by City Hall of Volume 3 of the draft plan.

Among the others: that the draft plan violates the National Physical Plan and National Urbanisation Policy; that it is inconsistent with the KL Structure Plan 2020; and that City Hall continues to accept and approve applications for development projects although the draft plan is pending.

Aziz said unlike the stand taken by City Hall, the coalition is of the view that the strategic policy of the National Physical Plan and the National Urbanisation Policy should apply to City Hall.

Aziz said certain issues that were raised by the coalition, such as the population density, which is stated in the National Physical Plan as 25 person per hectare, should apply in KL. But City Hall, he said, is not of the same view.

“They (City Hall) have increased the population density in Kuala Lumpur to 600,000 and they say this is based on the structure plan which was gazetted in 2004. This is in direct conflict with the National Physical Plan,” Aziz said.

Another matter which was raised by the coalition is the non-compliance with Section 12A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 that requires the public to be consulted before any plan is drafted.

“On this matter City Hall said that they do not need to comply with such a requirement, as stated in the letter,” Aziz said.

However, Aziz said he would like to thank the mayor for writing to the coalition and for also offering them the chance to submit their objections or recommendations directly to him.

“The mayor said he will also send our recommendations to the draft plan’s Public Opinion Hearing Committee and, that if the recommendations were feasible, they would be submitted to the Federal Territories Ministry,” Aziz said.

On Sunday, the coalition had said that if it did not hear from the parties they had written to earlier, they might consider organising a street protest.

The coalition had also said that if everything else fails, as a last option they would take the matter to court.

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