Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu

Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu

Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu wants City Hall to provide accurate figures.

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has taken City Hall to task over the draft of the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020.

The MIC president pointed out that there are some major flaws in the draft plan that need to be rectified.

“The draft plan states that the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur has only about 160,000 Indians, which I find strange. We have some 80,000 registered voters in Kuala Lumpur,” said Samy on Monday.

“If one family had two children, then we have to multiply 80,000 by four. The figure will stand at 320,000 Indians. This is only an estimate based on the registered voters. What about unregistered Malaysian Indians?

“Obviously there are some things that should be set straight before the draft becomes a policy,” he said after attending a briefing on the draft plan by City Hall consultants at the MIC headquarters here.

He said the briefing, attended by MIC division heads and office bearers, had clarified several issues encountered by Indians living in the federal capital, which has about 2.5 million people.

“We have studied the draft plan. We would submit our own recommendations on the plan to City Hall.

“The issues raised included the squatter migration to low-cost flats, facilities at low-cost flats, future and existing Tamil schools and the fate of individual-owned land in Kuala Lumpur,” he added.

The MIC chief also wanted City Hall to provide accurate figures and statistics concerning Malaysian Indians in the draft plan, so that those reading it could come to a fair and just conclusion and make appropriate recommendations.

“This plan charts the future of the city for the next 12 years. If we are not given proper facts and figures, then our recommendations would also be flawed.

“It would be better if Dewan Bandaraya tells us the exact figures and we work from there,” he added.

The briefing was also attended by Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk M. Saravanan.

Prior to Samy’s statement, non-governmental organisations and residents associations have also voiced their objection to the draft plan, which seeks to further develop the federal capital up to 2020.

The draft plan, which involved proposals for the development of an area covering 243 square kilometres in Kuala Lumpur until 2020, will be gazetted after City Hall has obtained feedback from the public. — Bernama