On the 17th March, 2008, an ex-parte leave for Judicial Review application by 108 residents affected by proposed development at Bukit Gasing (KL side) was granted. Application for Judicial Review was to quash DBKL’s decision not to grant a public hearing on the proposed development on steep hill slopes of Bukit Gasing. Bukit Gasing (both PJ and KL sides) have had a history of unstable geology. Residents in the area are fearful of safety for both their lives and properties. The existence of a 23 million litre reservoir right next to the proposed development was given scant attention by DBKL.

Twelve visits to the High Court at KL, covered interim stop order on DBKL for approval of hoarding by the developer, Gasing Meridian Sdn. Bhd. (GMSB) and inter-parte hearings between applicants, DBKL and GMSB took a year. High Court was supposed to deliver its decision on leave to proceed with the Judicial Review on 20th February 2009. However, a last minute rescheduling was made by the High Court. Decision day is now for Friday, 10th April at KL High Court Complex (Rayuan & Kuasa-Kuasa Khas -RKK 1, Level 3), commencing 2:45pm (Updated)

In the course of the hearings, we found that despite many assurances by DBKL that residents’ fears and request for information would be addressed, DBKL had not complied with planning regulations. Sub-division of land approval presented as an administrative approval, laid the basis for development orders to erect hoardings and earthworks. Even the Deputy FT Minister, was deceived by DBKL planning department. See => https://savebukitgasing.wordpress.com/2008/04/

Despite the Bukit Antarabangsa disaster and directive from the PM and DPM, DBKL continues to avoid coming clean in conceding that development by GMSB on Bukit Gasing is untenable. Almost 50% of hill slopes on proposed development are on greater than 25 degrees gradient, with Bukit Gasing known for having landslides. The most significant and recent was at Taman Hutan Pendidikan (PJ Bukit Gasing forest reserve) in April 2008. DBKL failed to comply with the Federal Town and Country Planning Department’s “Total Planning Guidelines” 1997 (2nd edition, 2001) in approving GMSB’s development – Sanctuary Ridge.

Under the Draft KL City Plan, DBKL plans to reduce the Bukit Gasing green areas under its control by 52%. DBKL actions so far makes a mockery of the National Physical Plan. We can only hope that the High Court will proceed with a Judicial Review of DBKL’s action and that good governance and proper compliance with the country’s planning regulations will apply to DBKL. Let Kuala Lumpur cease to be a third world city hall.

Please do come to support “D Day” at the High Court on Friday, 10th April at KL High Court Complex (Rayuan & Kuasa-Kuasa Khas -RKK 1, Level 3), commencing 2:45pm (Updated)

Some links worth reading:

Gasing Meridian ‘went beyond approval’

Oh how long before Justice can be heard?

Protecting our slopes

Directions to Kuala Lumpur Court Complex Jalan Duta

Gary Yeoh- JAC for Bukit Gasing.