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Despite the many disasters caused by irresponsible development on hill slopes and outrage voiced by many victims of irresponsible development, planning authorities seem to conduct their business very much as before. Bukit Gasing is again back in the news in recent days.
Bukit Gasing – KL Side
The mayor of KL had made comments to The Star (dated 14th July 2010) wishing to gazette Bukit Gasing and talked about not allowing developments in Bukit Gasing. Upon closer examination, the proposal covered only 52.6 hectares out of 113 hectares of Bukit Gasing within its jurisdiction. The proposal seems to allow for all the developments set out in the Draft KL City Plan. Worst still, this is now less than the 54 hectares that was planned by DBKL in April 2006.
DBKL appears to be on the verge of approving a development of two (2) 26 stories condominium in Bukit Gasing as well. This is not withstanding the fact the area where the proposed development was not even listed as for such a high density in the much disputed Draft KL City Plan. There were numerous objections submitted to DBKL regarding the Draft KL City Plan tabled in May 2008. The decision of the Hearing Committee for the draft KL City Plan has yet to be made public.
Bukit Gasing – PJ Side
As if competing for a new 1Malaysia “NKRA”, 91 plots of land on steep and unstable slopes of Bukit Gasing along Jalan 5/60 is now up for sale by Petaling Gardens Sdn Bhd. The current attempt to spur property development (sic) on the section of Bukit Gasing where Sivan and Sri Maha Kaliamman temples are situated should sound alarm bells to both residents of PJ and potential buyers. Sri Maha Kaliamman was almost destroyed at end of May 2010 and Sivan Temple renovations/extensions resulted in a landslide in March 2008.
Petaling Garden Sdn Bhd is part of I&P Group Sdn Bhd, whilst I&P Group Sdn Bhd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Permodalan Nasional Berhad. Isn’t it amazing that with such a prestigious lineage, no “health warning” was posted with the plot notices?
Still, we hope that MBPJ (with the help of Councilor, Derek Fernandez) will exert the full force of planning controls before any building is approved and residents will be given a full public hearing. Then again, maybe well meaning buyers may wish to contribute to the “NKRA” by buying the plots and then leaving them as green lungs for PJ and KL residents.
Most readers of this blog would have read about the many disasters caused by irresponsible developments on steep hill slopes across Malaysia. Yet, it seems time and time again approving authorities are unwilling to exert their planning responsibilities to ensure developments and controls are in place to ensure safe developments.
Increasingly, DBKL seems determined to win the “Oscars” for the least concerned authority for environmental matters and the well being of its residents. Despite the many concerns raised by residents around Bukit Gasing and NGOs on the need to stop development on Bukit Gasing, there has been no real change. When will DBKL walk its talk about responsible development and preservation of scarce green lung and open spaces?
Much has been said by some about land owners having the right to develop land they have purchased. Surely such rights must not to compromise the rights of the public to expect that developments will be safe for existing as well as future residents. It must be incumbent on approving authorities to ensure that developments are sustainable developments and are safe.
Residents affected by proposed development by Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd will be at the KL High Courts to hear the High Court’s decision regarding the Judicial Review against DBKL for approving developments on Bukit Gasing on Monday 6th September 2010 (2:30pm). The proposed development is known as “Sanctuary Ridge”. The developer, in its efforts to sugar wrap the nature of its proposed development, has recently created “Community Happenings” at Bukit Gasing website. It is no more than a masquerade for presenting “Sanctuary Ridge” to potential buyers.
According to Dr. Raffick (Bukit Antarabangsa blogger), there is yet more shenanigans afoot at Bukit Antarabangsa. “101 Guide to buy a house for dummies!” is a must read and yet another example of the “Malaysia Boleh” spirit of distortions and contortions of the mighty.
It should be clear to all that being silent and passive will not make developers and authorities step up to responsible and sustainable development. We must continue the fight to regain our rights to have safe and sustainable developments in our nation.
Note: Do click the links embedded in the writing above for more information.
Gary Yeoh – JAC for Bukit Gasing.
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 23:06:43 +0800
The lots for sale along 5/60 belong to the Petaling Garden group and do not form part of the gazette green belt in PJ ( in fact there are some more lots near the sivan temple too). However in my opinion the slopes are too steep to allow and development as looking at it it exceeds in some places class4 slopes which under the Selangor hillslope guidelines is prohibited ( greater than 35deg), class 3 ( 25 to 35 ) is allowed to be dev under strict conditions. I can confirm that to date there is no application to dev this land and mbpj has not given any approval. If there were there will be a signboard on site calling for public comment and objection. I will certainly let your leaders know if MBPJ receives any and you can object. Be that as it may. Because it is private land there is very little we can do to stop them selling the individual lots to people . I will try to get more details from mbpj planning dept and let u know; If possible a meeting can be arranged to prepare a plan of action. As u are aware apart from this there are several battles taking place now to save the kl side of bukit gasing. One is in court where yb sivarasa and I are your lawyers and is awaiting decision. The other has just started in pantai dalam and one is yet to start in the same area. Yes the forest may be cut in half but not without a fight.
Chairman – JAC for Bukit Gasing
Thursday, 26 August 2010 Malaysia-today.net
I was quite shocked when I went up Gasing Hill the other day, I saw plots of land being sold, starting from the bottom right up to the top, on both sides of the road leading to its peak. This saddened me because Gasing Hill, for years, has been a green lung to residents of Petaling Jaya. Not only that, being the highest point in Petaling Jaya, it used to be a place to “get fresh air” and look down upon Petaling Jaya to enjoy the scenery. Many people use it as a jogging path, faithfully jogging every morning, enjoying the fresh air and the natural surroundings of a beautiful “woodland”/jungle. Many parents often bring their children up Gasing Hill to feed the monkeys. Infact, this has been a weekly event for me as my 3 year old daughter is fond of feeding the monkeys. The plots of land for sale go right to the top (peak). Each parcel range from 20,000sq ft to 30,000 sq ft and there are about 60 parcels in total. I called the number on the board of a parcel and they confirmed, the parcels were for sale for people to build their houses. Coincidently, per sq ft cost RM150, indeed for the rich and wealthy….
Numerous signboards have been put up along Jalan 5/60, numbering the parcels of land, the land size and telephone contact number. There appears to be at least 91 parcels up for sale.
These parcels have been neatly subdivided on PJ side of Bukit Gasing. The land is very steep – over 45% slope. There were several landslides on this hillslope over the past few years.
Jalan 5/60 is the only way in and out for Fraser Towers Condominium which is located at the end of this road.
There will be little or nothing left of Bukit Gasing as a green lung and forest reserve if this development is allowed by MBPJ & the Selangor State Government….Save Bukit Gasing!
Info on I & P:
I&P Group Sdn. Berhad is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB); and was formed in May 2009 after the successful merger and rationalisation exercise between 3 companies i.e. Island & Peninsular Sdn. Berhad, Petaling Garden Sdn. Bhd. and Pelangi Sdn. Bhd.
BY FADZLY ESA on 12 AUG, 2010
Jawatankuasa bertindak bersama Bukit Gasing dan ahli majlis Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) menyerahkan memorandum bantahan di ibu pejabat Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), semalam.
Bantahan itu dibuat ke atas permohonan kebenaran perancangan bagi 2 blok, 26 tingkat kondominium (408 unit), villa berkembar 21/2 tingkat (18 unit) dengan kemudahan meningkatkan kepadatan perumahan daripada 20 orang/ekar kepada 332 orang/ekar bagi lot 51038-51061 Kampung Kerinci, Kuala Lumpur.
Memorandum itu mengandungi 921 tandatangan penduduk membantah cadangan pembangunan Bukit Gasing.
Memorandum diserahkan kepada Pegawai Khas Dua kepada Datuk Bandar, Md Aznan Md Zain diwakili ahli jawatankuasa bertindak bersama Pantai Panorama, Dr. Teoh Keong Heat bersama ahli majlis MBPJ, Derek Fernandez.
Bagaimanapun, Datuk Bandar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuad Ismail dilihat meninggal perkarangan bangunan tersebut sejurus sebelum memorandum diserahkan.
Hadir sama, Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Ahli Parlimen Batu, Tian Chua, Anggota Majlis Tertinggi PKR, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim dan ahli majlis MBPJ.
TheMalay Mail: Petition submitted to stop luxury housing development…