KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has given his word that a controversial housing development project in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) will not touch Taman Rimba Kiara.
Stating that he was a responsible minister, he said there were certain people as well as those from the Opposition who were trying to tarnish the image of the Barisan Nasional-led government.
He said they were trying to champion something without knowing the truth.
“For your information, Taman Rimba Kiara has never been gazetted as a public park, sized at 13.3 acres.
“This development would not touch the 13.3 acres at all.
“There is a gazetted area in Bukit Kiara by the National Landscape Department on April 3, 2013 for ‘Taman Awam Berskala Besar’ (large-scale public park) and this land is separate from Taman Rimba Kiara,” he said in a statement.
Tengku Adnan said his ministry had engaged with TTDI residents on July 20 and Aug 3 this year to explain how the development would not touch Taman Rimba Kiara. He added that they even listened to the resident’s complaints before the project was approved.
However, he expressed his disappointment that some people with interest over the land, the Opposition and even foreigners, were trying to stop the development.
Tengku Adnan reiterated that the housing development project was to solve the problem of residents of the long houses in the area, who have been there for the past 30 years.
“These people were estate workers in this area before the government took the land and developed it into the new township now known as TTDI.
“They were promised that they would be given new homes in the same area.
“Sadly, the issue has taken such a long time and as (a representative of) the government and minister, I have undertaken the responsibility of solving this problem,” he said.
Tengku Adnan said apartments for the original 100 settlers, measuring 850 sq ft, will be given to them for free. Apartments for the settlers’ offspring, will be sold to them at RM175,000 per unit.
He said the balance of the units will then be sold to the public at not more than RM300,000 per unit.
As for the Hindu temple near the long houses, he said it will be given an individual title while upgrading works will be borne by the developer.
“I hope the public would support us in our endeavour to provide proper housing in Kuala Lumpur, especially for the poor and to those who need affordable homes,” he said.
He said the developer has been instructed to build a parking bay near there to be utilised by Taman Rimba visitors, while the roads going in and out of the area will be through the Jalan Damansara entrance.
The new development, he said, will not be allowed to use Jalan Wan Kadir 1 and Jalan Datuk Sulaiman. He added that only residents of the affordable housing project as well as the temple visitors will be allowed to use this road.