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The MPs decided at a meeting on Wednesday to campaign for the plan to be withdrawn and a new plan drawn up that takes in the public’s interests.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.

 

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