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A video highlighting the issues surrounding the development of Bukit Gasing.Residents in the vicinity of the proposed development are fearful of the risks of landslides.Their request for a public hearing was turned down by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall.The residents then challenged the KL City Hall via a Judicial Review at the KL High Court which was thrown out. The residents have filed an appeal.
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Directed by Mahi Ramakrishnan
Editor: Jonathan Huet
By Zedeck Siew
Following our Cheat Sheet about the Bukit Gasing development issue, we thought it best to hear things directly from the horse’s mouth. So here’s an interview with Gary Yeoh: local resident, Chairperson of the Maxwell Towers Owners Association, and member of the Joint Action Committee for Bukit Gasing. He is also a regular blogger for the Save Bukit Gasingwebsite.
Gary talks about getting organised, feeling discouraged, and seeing things as a small part of the larger picture:
How did Save Bukit Gasing come about?
It began in 2006, as a reaction to renewed efforts by developers Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd to build on 15.5ha of steep hill slopes in Bukit Gasing. This development threatens the lives and homes of Gasing Condos (specifically the Fraser, Cameron, and Maxwell Towers) and Gasing Indah landed properties. Many of us are fearful of a Highland Towers-like disaster happening at our doorsteps, should the development be allowed.
Also, many of us moved into the area because of the backdrop of Bukit Gasing, and we feel upset by the wanton destruction of scarce “green lungs”, that development on the hills represent.
By Zedeck Siew
The Bukit Gasing issue is a fight between citizens and an authority that doesn’t seem to care about them. Since 2006, the Save Bukit Gasingcampaign — a resident’s movement with assistance from NGOs and support from Selangor state government reps — have been fighting DBKL and developers Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd. Why? Gasing Meridian is building Sanctuary Ridge Kuala Lumpur City: a project of 70 luxury villas on the forested slopes Bukit Gasing.
What’s at stake here? Why is Bukit Gasing so important? What’s its current legal status? Is development on the hill really so dangerous? Here’s a handy Cheat Sheet about Bukit Gasing and how it is under threat!
(Compiled with the assistance of Joint Action Committee for Bukit Gasing member Gary Yeoh)
- The Bukit with five peaks: Bukit Gasing is a forested hill area bordered by Section 9, Petaling Jaya; Kampung Pantai Dalam; and Bukit Kerinchi. The area spans both PJ (Selangor) and the federal territory of Kuala Lumpur.