Tuesday July 27, 2010 TheStar Online

AS RESIDENTS affected by a proposed development on Bukit Gasing (KL-side), we are cheered by the mayor’s comment that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will not agree to development on four hills — Bukit Tabur, Bukit Gasing, Bukit Nenas and Bukit Sungai Besi.

Given this statement, we hope the mayor will promptly withdraw the development order for Bukit Gasing.

It is heartening that the mayor seems to desire inclusion of residents in the approval process for hillslope developments. We hope this means that no approval of development orders on hillslopes will be issued by DBKL before a public hearing henceforth.

Affected residents should be given geotechnical reports, proposed construction designs and details of studies that DBKL has done to validate the safety of proposed development on a hillslope.

Details of agencies consulted by DBKL, with details of considerations and recommendations made by them should also be given.

Without these details, residents will not be able to feel safe nor can they participate meaningfully to help DBKL in the delivery if its duties and responsibilities.

We also hope that the mayor will quickly move to have the four hills gazetted as open areas or protected reserves.

The restriction of hillslope development should not be seen only from a safety perspective. There are many important considerations from environmental and quality of living perspectives.

The Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 has objectives to improve the quality of living, working and business environment to make KL a world-class city. One of its objectives is to “create a Tropical Garden City sensitive to its natural site and appropriate to its tropical regional location.”

Hence, preservation and conservation of the limited green areas represented by hills must be actively pursued by the mayor.

Gary Yeoh
Joint Action Committee for Bukit Gasing