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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Public objection hearings to continue, Yeoh assures

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh.
KUALA LUMPUR: Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh today assured that public objection hearings for 273 violations listed under the Kuala Lumpur City Plan (KLCP) 2020 would continue.
She said the recent statement by Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad did not mean that there would be no more public hearings for these violations.
“I raised matters regarding the violations because in my area, I have 29 violations listed under KLCP 2020.
“He (Khalid) told me that these violations would have public hearings as they are not consistent with KLCP 2020 (which was gazetted),” she said after visiting the site of a newly constructed U-turn near the Segambut roundabout here.
She said the proposed Taman Rimba Kiara development project is listed as one of these violations.
“He needs to continue to engage with the people, otherwise they will feel cheated,” she added.
On Monday, Bernama reported that Khalid had made the announcement after chairing the Federal Territories Ministerial Council meeting with 11 Kuala Lumpur MPs earlier that day.
Khalid has since clarified his statement, saying that his remark on public hearings was specific to one case, namely the KLCP 2020 to 2040.
Planning and local government expert Derek Fernandez said while Khalid was legally correct, the remark could not be applied to KLCP 2020.
“It presupposed that a proper KLCP 2020 was passed after extensive public participation, and after all proposals by the government had been displayed for public comments and objections, and statutory hearings held in relation to the proposals.
“The minister should be aware by now that this never happened. KLCP 2020 was gazetted with more than 273 items never displayed in the draft for public comment.”
He added that this was the result of action taken by the previous administration which he claimed had deliberately refused to pass the draft plan.
“The legality of the plan is still highly questionable. It is therefore wrong to say that if a developer’s application for a development order is consistent with the changes unilaterally made to the KLCP 2020, then no Rule 5 hearing is required,” he said.- FMT

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