More than 300 people came together to hold a protest over a mega construction project at Taman Rimba Kiara in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. NSTP Pix by ZUNNUR AL SHAFIQ.

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 300 people came together to hold a protest earlier today over the approved construction of a show house unit by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) at Taman Rimba Kiara in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI).

TTDI resident association president Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar when contacted said the residents came to know of the approval during court proceedings on Nov 15.

He said that the residents were very upset over the matter as they will lose the public park to make way for a housing development.

“We had a townhall meeting together with Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor on Nov 3 to discuss the matter.

“In the meeting, we were promised that the park will be left alone. However, during the hearing on Nov 15, we found out that DBKL has approved the construction of the showroom.

“The approval was given to the developer on Nov 6. We feel that this is something which has been done in bad faith, therefore, we are holding the protest to show how serious we are in protecting the park,” he said.

On Nov 15, the application to intervene was submitted by landowners Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan; JV property developer Memang Perkasa; and the Sunderam longhouse residents association was heard by High Court Judge Datuk Wira Kamaluddin.

The High Court Judge then set Dec 13 as the hearing date for the lawsuit whereby the application made by the plaintiffs’ requesting an order to suspend any further action from the developers and landowners until the law suit ends.

The law suit was filed by the TTDI residents association against DBKL in opposition of the construction of eight blocks of 42 and 52 stories, high-end service apartments and a 29-storey affordable housing block, which would provide 350 units of affordable housing for former TTDI longhouse residents.

It was reported that the longhouse residents had been promised affordable housing units to replace their cramped quarters since 1982.

However, they have refused to move and had rejected offers of flats and public housing. A six-lane highway and a flyover are also planned for the site to cater to the increase in population density in the area.