(File pix) Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) is now a party in a legal bid to halt the demolition of the iconic Ampang Park Shopping Centre.

KUALA LUMPUR: Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) is now a party in a legal bid to halt the demolition of the iconic Ampang Park Shopping Centre.

The High Court today allowed the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project developer to be added as a co-respondent in the mall traders' judicial review against the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office director and the Federal Territories Land Administrator.

Senior federal counsel Nik Haizie Azlin Nabidin said judge Datuk

Hanipah Farikullah allowed MRT Corp's intervener bid as the company has direct interest in the MRT project linked to the planned demolition.

Nik Haizie, who acted for the Federal Territories Land and Mines

Office director and the Federal Territories Land Administrator, added that the court set June 30 to hear the judicial review proper.

Counsel Datuk Edward Ng Boon Siong, who represented the 39 mall

traders challenging the demolition, confirmed the decision was given after Hanipah heard the intervener bid in her chambers.

Previously, the respondents were the Federal Government, the Federal Territories Ministry, the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office director, and the Federal Territories Land Administrator.

However on Jan 20 when the court allowed the judicial review to

proceed, the traders had dropped the legal action against the Federal Government and the Federal Territories Ministry.

At present, there is a temporary court order that halted any

demolition attempt of the mall pending disposal of the judicial

review.

On Jan 8, the 39 business owners at the mall, including dentist Dr Dzul Khaini Husain, filed the legal bid to overturn the approval for the mall's demolition to make way for an underground walkway connecting the new MRT station and the Ampang Park Light Rail Transit (LRT) station.

The applicants are seeking a court order to set aside the decision of the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office director and the Federal Territories Land Administrator, which allowed the acquisition of their property.

They claimed the decision to acquire the property for facilitating the Klang Valley MRT Project was invalid, illegal and violated the Federal Constitution.

They are also seeking a court order to stop land acquisition proceedings linked to Ampang Park, which was constructed in 1971 and opened for business two years later.

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