Daim meets TTDI residents' reps over controversial Taman Rimba development

Farah Marshita Abdul Patah

KUALA LUMPUR: The Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin held a meeting with the Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) representatives on Thursday to discuss the Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK) development issue. TTDI residents’ spokesman, Khairuddin Rahim said Daim had invited them to a dialogue and listened to their grouses on the proposed project which could have adverse environmental impact on the surrounding. He said the 30-minute meeting with the residents’ representatives was held at the former finance minister’s office before he held a separate meeting with Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad in the afternoon. “Our representatives have relayed the relevant facts and (the residents’) opinion on the importance of protecting the greenery here. “With the meeting, TTDI residents hope the authorities will find the best solution for all and we are waiting for the next dialogue to be held with the minister,” he said when contacted today. The Kuala Lumpur High Court had granted leave for TTDI community representatives to pursue the judicial review against the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) over the development. The High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) has dismissed the stay order filed by TTDI residents against the project. The Kuala Lumpur High Court however recently granted leave to allow the TTDI residents’ representatives to continue with the judicial review against Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and developer Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd, with 51 of its shares were held by Malton Berhad. It was reported that DBKL had issued a notice on the proposed development on a portion of land that is situated within the 189ha Taman Rimba Kiara. The proposed development includes the building of eight blocks of 42 and 52-storey serviced apartments and a 29-storey affordable housing block. Residents had also asked for Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 to be gazetted soon to prevent such developments from destroying Taman Rimba Kiara and other green areas in the city. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd