14 February 2018
City Hall approving projects illegally, says KL residents’ leader
KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has been approving development projects illegally, said a veteran lawyer and head of the Selamatkan KL or Save KL (SKL) residents’ group, which is increasingly up in arms over new projects in already densely populated suburbs.
Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said DBKL committed two main errors, which is to alter development plans without going through the proper legal process, and the second, failing to approve the city’s local plan within a reasonable time.
“They have approved altered development plans, like changing land status, and they have not approved the local plan according to the requirements of the law.
“They should have approved the local plan as soon as possible and not 10 years, which is what they are doing now,” the 84-year-old Aziz told The Malaysian Insight recently following SKL’s protest at the 9th World Urban Forum at the KLCC Convention Centre over the weekend.
Under the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1982, a broader structure plan and a more detailed local plan – both of which define land use for the city’s development – must be drafted and gazetted under this act, the lawyer said.
“Under the law, you have to use these two plans to administer Kuala Lumpur.
“They have done the structure plan, which is just an outline of the development of the area. It’s just a framework. By law, as soon as possible, they should introduce the local plan, which will go into detail on every lot, plot ratios, and all that.
“The intent of the law is that administration of (development) planning should be based on the local plan.”
Taman Tun Dr Ismail residents at a protest last November to save Taman Rimba Kiara, where a proposed condominium project will destroy one of the city’s green lungs. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, February 14, 2018.
However, the local plan, called the KL City Plan 2020, has not been gazetted even though it was launched in 2008.
Last year, DBKL said it was pointless to gazette the plan as it was outdated and due to expire (on March 15, 2017).
Instead, KL mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said there would be discussions for the drafting of a new plan, the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2050.
Aziz said without a gazetted local plan, DBKL is required under the Federal Territory (Planning) Act to refer to the structure plan.
Lawmakers told to wake up and save KL from overdevelopment
Selamatkan Kuala Lumpur members distribute pamphlets to raise awareness of the need to compel City Hall to gazette and enforce a local plan, at the World Urban Forum at KLCC Convention Centre. today. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, February 10, 2018.
MEMBERS of Parliament in the capital should “wake up” and guard the city against overdevelopment and approvals for surplus development, said the head of a coalition of residents’ associations today.
Selamatkan Kuala Lumpur chairman Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said not only MPs, but political parties should fight for sustainable development in the city.
“The political parties should also raise this issue, all the MPs of Kuala Lumpur should raise this issue, they should wake up.
“I think they don’t understand and are totally ignorant of all the problems in Kuala Lumpur,” Aziz told The Malaysian Insight at the World Urban Forum 9 (WUF9) at KLCC Convention Centre, today.
Aziz, who represents more than 30 residents’ associations, was at the event to protest and to hand over a memorandum regarding overdevelopment to City Hall. As senior officials were not present at the event to receive the memorandum, Aziz said he would hand it over to the City Hall planning department director Mohd Najib Mohd on February 22.
“I think a lot of people don’t know when there are applications for development, they use the Kuala Lumpur Structure 2020 plan (for reference), but it is not enough.
“This is because they have not gazetted the plan, and they simply approve high-rise developments (as they like) quietly,” Aziz said.
Opposition MPs have previously accused City Hall of operating like a “secret society” that changes the status of land as it pleases without having to account for its decisions.