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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 But that Act has been superseded substantially by the Town and Country planning Act 2001, which came into force in March 2002,” he said.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.

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