Yesterday Edmund Teoh, a Taman Desa resident lodged a report to MACC on DBKL sold Taman Desa land below market price to the developer of Residensi Desa Satumas without following the required procedure, as stated in the 2016 Auditor General’s Report.
The mayor of Kuala Lumpur Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz then told Malaysiakini that “the minister himself will reply to the allegation to the Auditor General and MACC. He defended the sale of land below market price as the developer will build 3000 units of Rumawip at a subsidised price.
The BN strategist deputy director Eric See-To then issued statement defended the sale of land with the similar excuse of building Rumawip.
The statements of the KL mayor and Eric See-To are somehow expected. Only when such below market value sales are highlighted will the Mayor and the Minister quickly play the social housing card. Otherwise much are shrouded under a blurred secrecy and as such undermining the general principle of public authorities transparency and the legal requirement under the Planning Act to promptly produce Structure Plans.
The KL residents have seen how the FT Minister Tengku Adnan and DBKL refused to gazette KL City Plan 2020 and build as they like, without taking the views and protests of the residents of Kuala Lumpur into consideration. Only when the Draft KL city plan is gazetted can the public being stakeholders be aware of their environment and accordingly their rights as ratepayers.
In the absence of the KL city plan we have seen DBKL, with impunity, taking away green areas like children’s playground and football fields for developers to build high rise buildings under the excuse of building Rumawip. On top of that, this local council has also been directed by the FT Ministry to approve condominiums and privatisation projects under the pretext of Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan.
Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan and building Rumawip have been used conveniently by the UMNO-controlled local council to break all government procedures and regulations, selling land in Taman Desa to far below market price to the developer of Residensi Desa Satumas is only one of the examples cited by the Auditor General’s Report 2016. Obviously the AG must have clear and ample evidence to support their findings.
The KL residents are sick and tired of the way DBKL approves skyscrapers in their neighbourhood without looking into the traffic problems in their area, as well as the way DBKL deprive their green area and leisure facilities.
Increasing population via building more Rumawip in Kuala Lumpur will not only increase the hardship of the KL folks, but it will definitely exacerbate traffic snarls and further congestion in the capital city of Malaysia even more.
Rumah Wips are good plans for the rakyat but the implementation of it with no consultation of the rakyat and us as MPs is one of the major grouses of city dwellers who have channelled such anger and frustration to us to raise.
The FT Ministry and local council have been ignoring the need and plight of the rakyat in Kuala Lumpur is a clear abuse of power that deserves the investigation of MACC.