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Bangsar Baru Residents Association’s first meeting on the Kuala Lumpur Draft Plan at Bangsar Sports Complex. Picture by MOKHSIN ABIDIN


KUALA LUMPUR: The Coalition to Save Kuala Lumpur (CSKL) has said no to the KL City Draft Plan 2020.


The coalition, comprising more than 20 residents’ associations from the various districts in Kuala Lumpur, made this stand after a meeting on Wednesday with the Joint Action Committee for Bukit Gasing and the Bangsar Business Council.

They unanimously agreed that the KL City Draft Plan was fundamentally flawed and needs to be re-evaluated.

The coalition will call in its own town planners and consultants to study the draft plan and make recommendations to City Hall on the changes.

The coalition’s latest move was in contrast to its earlier call to City Hall for more time to study the plan. CSKL had earlier requested City Hall to extend the deadline for recommendations by the public from June 30 to Dec 31.

Now, the coalition has decided not to ask for more time but to reject the KL draft plan.

The coalition, which has formed a five-man working committee, will draft a letter to the Federal Territories Ministry and City Hall, stating their objections to the plan and making recommendations for changes.

The coalition has told the residents associations in the various districts to get town planners to study the draft plan involving their areas and come up with better designs.

The coalition is headed by Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman while its deputy chairman is Datuk George Joseph, the president of the Bangsar Baru Residents Association, and its secretary is Thevi Sinnadurai.

Abdul Aziz said that the coalition is now planning to bring the issue to parliament.

“We have come to the conclusion that the draft plan is not consistent with the National Physical Plan (NPP), which is mandatory. The strategic policies lined out in the NPP have to be taken seriously.

“The draft plan does not tackle the fundamental issues, which is making the city a better place for the residents to live in based on the quality of life.

“Instead they are planning to increase the density in Kuala Lumpur. We do not see how this plan gives that impact,” he said, adding that the draft plan envisages an increase in density, whereas the NPP aims for a decrease in density.

“We will be making a formal representation, stating our reasons why CSKL is rejecting the plan,” he said.

Bukit Damansara House Owners Association secretary Selva Kumar Rasiah said he was not surprised that many residents’ associations were not in favour of the draft plan.

“We were impressed by the overwhelming response from the residents’ associations. Everyone came with a strong decision to reject the draft plan. We believe that the plan is not going forward and we want changes to be made.

“We have a group of dedicated professionals who are willing to take the trouble to study the plan and point out the flaws. Many of them are coming with a wealth of experience to debate on the issues and we believe that together as a team we can make a difference,” he said.


The Joint Action Committee for Bukit Gasing is very much encouraged by the response to the call by Bangsar Baru Residents Association to for all to stand up against DBKL’s attempts to inflict on Kuala Lumpur a poor structured and fundamentally flawed Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 (DKLCP). ( Click on link to download Pdf if you have not seen the document: 57MB )
Whilst it is obvious to many that the DKLCP is not what most in Kuala Lumpur wants, the Mayor and DBKL do not seem to get it.

JAC will prepare and provide list of objections for circulation to community and RAs to submit objections to DBKL.


We should endeavour to submit as many collective and individual objections as possible.



1st meeting organized by Bangsar Baru Residents Association (BBRA) was essentially to facilitate a meeting for RAs to meet up to form a coalition. The meeting resulted in formation of the CSKL.


The BBRA meeting elected Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman as the President of CSKL. It also decided that the challenge to the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 (DKLCP ) should be made at both the macro and micro levels.


Macro being that of challenging the appropriateness of the current DKLCP and micro being that of submitting objections as required by the DBKL.


Derek Fernandez was also elected as legal advisor to CSKL.




Save KL coalition gains momentum


By PEARL LEE, MalayMail, Monday June 2, 2008



DESPITE being only a week old, the newly formed Coalition to Save Kuala Lumpur (CSKL) movement has received positive support from KL folk.
Speaking to Malay Mail, its secretary S. Thevi said the response from the public for the past one week had been overwhelming.


“We’ve been getting many e-mails and calls from the public asking for more information on CSKL and what they can do to help.”
“People have also said that they want to join the coalition. This is a positive sign for us.”

She said that although membership of CSKL is mainly targeted at residents’
associations, their doors were open to individuals who wished to join them.

“We also welcome experts in their own fields who wish to share their views with us regarding the draft plan.

“Another meeting among members of CSKL would be held on Wednesday and we
would meet to think of a feasible way to move forward with our plan.”

Sixteen residents’ associations met last Monday to form CSKL which is aimed at ‘knocking out’ what they term as a fatally flawed Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020.

They claimed that the draft plan is in violation of the National Physical Plan (NPP).

Headed by Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman, who is the president of the Bukit Damansara residents’ association, the coalition aims to attack the draft plan at both macro and micro levels.


The macro attack would involve declaring the draft plan void as it contravenes the guidelines of the NPP, while the micro objections
would be directed at specific areas in the draft plan which would affect the livelihoods of the residents.




Monday May 26, 2008

Flaws in City Plan?




Will Kuala Lumpur be sustainable by 2020? Any local plan prepared must be consistent with the National Physical Plan, in addition to it being consistent with the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020. However, consultants hired by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall.




David Mizan: ‘There are many errors, some incomplete information and elements which contradicted existing development conditions.’

Imagine a tiny fish bowl squirming with hundreds of little fishes, each fighting for its own space to move freely and in harmony.

KLites may just find themselves living in similar conditions in 12 years, if proposals set out in the Draft City Plan is correct.

Figures contained in the Draft City Plan shows major discrepancies prompting the question – could the planners hired by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) have erred when drafting the plan? And if so was it done deliberately?

Architect David Mizan Hashim pointed out in a letter to StarMetro recently that the plan was not perfect.

He said there were many errors, some incomplete information and elements which contradicted existing development conditions.”

“By envisioning a population increase from 1.6 million today to 2.2 million by 2020 within the same physical area, it will be forced to make many controversial compromises.”

Indeed David Mizan has hit the nail on the head with that statement.

The plan has made the assumption that Kuala Lumpur’s population of 1.6 million is expected to grow to 2.2 million by 2020.

The draft goes on to justify that the only way to accommodate another 600,000 people in the city by 2020 is to increase density and that will be to intensify development.

“The draft local plan of KL is fundamentally flawed,” said local government expert and environmental lawyer Derek Fernandez.

“The fundamental flaw of the plan is that it is being prepared on the basis that it has to cater for an additional 600,000 people in the Federal Territory by 2020,” said Fernandez.



Legally binding blueprint: The NPP provides that the density of KL is to be reduced to the minimum sustainable figure of 25 people per hectare.



This, according to Fernandez, is in contrast with the policies in the National Physical Plan (NPP) which is legally binding on the Federal Territory which provides sufficient land to cater for a total population growth of 8.5 million in Kuala Lumpur, Klang Valley and Seremban combined.

In case you’re not familiar, the NPP is the legally binding blueprint for sustainable development under the Federal Territory Planning Act.

Furthermore, the NPP provides that the density of KL is to be reduced to the minimum sustainable figure of 25 people per hectare.

In fact, the NPP identifies that the gross density of KL is higher than 25, nevertheless makes it mandatory that 25 figure is applicable to KL.

On the contrary, the KL plan attempts to increase the density to ridiculous figures.

The plan identifies areas that are expected to increase in population with the highest being in Bukit Jalil-Seputeh followed by the city centre and Sentul Menjalara Strategic Zones.

The report goes on to say that the increase will require more than 150,000 homes in the next 12 years.

The plan is clearly not following the development strategies stated in the NPP and instead of decreasing density; it is in fact increasing it.

It would seem that the City Plan is in direct conflict with the national planning policies.

While paying lip service to the NPP by referring to it in Volume 1, fails to grasp and apply the essence of its principles on sustainable development in KL.



Tan: ‘KL must go through a major rejuvenation’

That is the reduction of densities to 25 people per hectare, increase in public open space to 2ha per 1,000 people, and spreading out the development and population density equally along the Klang Valley, Seremban and KL conurbation.

Increases in densities beyond the sustainable limits have already been exceeded. In KL, some believe this is the source of problem of poor quality of life, traffic jams, flooding, loss of green areas, lack of space, pollution, congestion and even unemployment.

One indicator of non-sustainable development is the amount of public recreation space available. Everyone requires open space and the criterion set in the NPP is 20 sq metres per person.

Not only does the local plan violates this, it arbitrarily imposes a 11sq metre per person by 2020, and even has the audacity to suggest 23% of this has got to be made up of private open spaces because there is not enough public land.

In the same note, public land in Bukit Gasing and Federal Hill is open for development – thereby increasing density here.

The total area in KL is 242sq km and the present population in KL is 1.62mil. Therefore the average density is already 68 people per hectare, which exceeds the required 25 per hectare.

“If this fundamental flaw is not remedied by cancelling all increase in plot ratio and density, and in fact taking back land to meet minimum sustainability requirements, KL will be doomed and we can expect loss of quality of life and anger among its population,” Fernandez said.

People should come forward and demand that average density for the whole of FT as 25 per hectare and that standard policies be complied to safeguard their future.

But despite the plan’s imperfections, David Mizan is confident that if the city is able to provide easy accessibility, enough open space, and maintain adequate green areas KL will be able to sustain a large population.

“If all these basic necessities are provided for, and if everything is done properly why not” he said.



Real Estate and Housing Developer’s Association’s (Rehda) KL branch secretary Tan Ching Meng agrees with David Mizan on that point and believes that sustainable development is the only way out to maintain the environment.

“KL must go thorough a major rejuvenation and in order to do that old businesses such as factories, industries and old buildings need to be relocated out,” said Tan.

“Once you do this than the city can accommodate more people and it would seem that the local plan is striving to do this under the Brown field development programme,” he said, adding despite its flaws the local plan has some good things to offer.














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