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Noel Achariam, NST Streets, Friday, 25 July 2008

 

SHAH ALAM: Scrap it, say 10 of Kuala Lumpur’s 11 members of parliament of the KL City Draft Plan.

 

The MPs decided at a meeting on Wednesday to campaign for the plan to be withdrawn and a new plan drawn up that takes in the public’s interests.
They plan to start a road show to explain to constituents the flaws in the plan, and to bring their objections to the prime minister.

The 10 MPs, of Pakatan Rakyat, said they would collect signatures from those who are against the plan.

The MPs have also decided to send an objection letter to the prime minister and the Federal Territories minister.

The decision was made at a closed door meeting on Wednesday at the Shah Alam residence of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, the Bandar Tun Razak MP who is also the Selangor Menteri Besar. Members of Coalition to Save Kuala Lumpur (CSKL) also attended the meeting.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng did not attend, and neither did Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique, the MP for Setiawangsa, who is Federal Territories Minister.

Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun said the MPs had agreed to collectively write a letter stating their objections to the draft plan.

CSKL has explained in detail the draft plan, which is in serious violation of the National Physical Plan (NPP). I believe that we have to move fast as the objection deadline (Aug 31) is just around the corner,” he said.

Kepong MP Tan Seng Giaw said: “We are looking at various things that were discussed at the meeting and we have all agreed that the plan does not conform with the NPP.”

He said the MPs are now questioning the legality of the draft plan.

“Currently there are 1.6 million people living in Kuala Lumpur and according to the draft plan, it will be increased to 2.2 million by 2020. This shows that the plan is not binding to the NPP.

“They are supposed to lower the density, instead they are increasing it. This simply shows that the draft plan does not conform with the NPP.

“How are we going to make Kuala Lumpur a world class city if there are such discrepancies in the plan?” he asked.

“What authority have they got? How can they approve the draft plan without consulting the people?”

Tan stressed that City Hall must answer all the questions and objections raised.

He added that the MPs are going to step up their campaign and go to the grassroots to explain to the people.

“We will also go through the proper channels to have discussions with City Hall and the prime minister and then we will decide on the next step to take,” he said.

Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai said that the MPs are serious in seeking a meeting with the prime minister to present a letter of objection on the draft Plan.

“We are opposing the draft plan due to several reasons. Firstly, the plan has failed to comply with the legal requirements, including the Town and Country Planning Act 1982. And we will also bring up the issue of the Draft Plan Volume 3, which is still not available to the public,” he said.

“The prime minister might not be in the know of the flaws in the draft plan. We will be stating all our reasons in our letter to him,” he said.

CSKL chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said: “We were called in to brief the MPs and the Selangor Menteri Besar on the flaws of the draft plan. We have explained in detail all the issues and legal aspect of the plan.”

CSKL is a coalition of 32 residents’ associations, non-governmental organisations and other concerned parties.

 

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/Streets/Friday/Stories/2302184/Article/index_html

PEARL LEE, Malay Mail, Friday July 4, 2008
http://www.mmail.com.my/Current_News/mm/Friday/Frontpage/20080704114909/Article/index_html

THE views of Kuala Lumpur residents are not important when structuring a strategy as important as the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020, Mayor Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan has ruled.

  

It does not matter, it seems, if the draft plan does not comply with Section 12A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 that requires consultation with the public when structuring such a plan.

Nor does it matter that the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Amendment 2001) was ignored – the plan was done according to the Federal Territory Planning Act 1982.

And finally, according to him, the strategic policy of the National Physical Plan and the National Urbanisation Policy does not apply to City Hall in the formulation of the draft plan.

This was the gist of a detailed explanation on the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 sent to the Coalition to Save Kuala Lumpur by Ab Hakim. Coalition chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said yesterday he was not satisfied.

Aziz, who received the two-page letter and a 20-page annexure from the mayor yesterday afternoon, said the coalition and City Hall had differing views on matters which are legal in nature pertaining to the draft plan.

“There are fundamental differences in views from a legal aspect.” He said the mayor had stated in the letter that the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Amendment 2001) did not apply to City Hall in the preparation of the draft plan. Instead the planning was done according to the Federal Territory Planning Act 1982.

“We are saying that this is not right as both the 1976 and the amended Act must be complied with by City Hall in the creation of the draft plan.” The coalition had on June 20 written a letter to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Federal Territories Ministry, the Housing and Local Government Ministry as well as City Hall, in which they raised nine main objections to the draft plan.

One was the nondisclosure by City Hall of Volume 3 of the draft plan.

Among the others: that the draft plan violates the National Physical Plan and National Urbanisation Policy; that it is inconsistent with the KL Structure Plan 2020; and that City Hall continues to accept and approve applications for development projects although the draft plan is pending.

Aziz said unlike the stand taken by City Hall, the coalition is of the view that the strategic policy of the National Physical Plan and the National Urbanisation Policy should apply to City Hall.

Aziz said certain issues that were raised by the coalition, such as the population density, which is stated in the National Physical Plan as 25 person per hectare, should apply in KL. But City Hall, he said, is not of the same view.

“They (City Hall) have increased the population density in Kuala Lumpur to 600,000 and they say this is based on the structure plan which was gazetted in 2004. This is in direct conflict with the National Physical Plan,” Aziz said.

Another matter which was raised by the coalition is the non-compliance with Section 12A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 that requires the public to be consulted before any plan is drafted.

“On this matter City Hall said that they do not need to comply with such a requirement, as stated in the letter,” Aziz said.

However, Aziz said he would like to thank the mayor for writing to the coalition and for also offering them the chance to submit their objections or recommendations directly to him.

“The mayor said he will also send our recommendations to the draft plan’s Public Opinion Hearing Committee and, that if the recommendations were feasible, they would be submitted to the Federal Territories Ministry,” Aziz said.

On Sunday, the coalition had said that if it did not hear from the parties they had written to earlier, they might consider organising a street protest.

The coalition had also said that if everything else fails, as a last option they would take the matter to court.

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