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Demolish the grass house at the entrance to Jinjang North

Media Statement
by Dr Tan Seng Giaw  


(Kuala Lumpur, Sunday) : I insist that City Hall Kuala Lumpur (CHKL) implements the KL structural plan (KL20), demolishes the glass house at the entrance to Jinjang North, ensures the free flow of traffic and improves its coordination with the Land Office.

For some reasons, the Federal Territory Land Office issues Temporary Occupation License (T.O.L.) every year to the owner of the glass house. T.O.L. means it is a government land, a road reserve. Once the owner shows the T.O.L., CHKL loses its bearing.

I was with a group of Jinjang residents at the grass house on 11 February, 2007.

About four years ago, CHKL battered a new building at the entrance to Jinjang North. No soon it was torn down, the same owner built a new glass house at the same site. This time, he showed the T.O.L., renewable every year. CHKL has been at a loss what to do. Why has the Land Office issued the T.O.L.? Doesn't it know that the site is crucial for traffic?

On 17 December, 2004, CHKL approved the erection of the glass house, BPU12003007, on the basis of the T.O.L. that expires in December every year.

We, including the Association of Civil Societies in Kepong, have informed the Land Office of the situation, requesting it to stop issuing the T.O.L.

If the site is a private land, the owner has the rights to build a structure that conforms with the regulations as enhanced by KL20, such as access road and parking facilities. Now, this is a government land, without access road and parking facilities. How do CHKL and the Land Office explain the glass house?

According to KL20, CHKL ensures that all public and private empty spaces must have suitable landscaping. CHKL also coordinates with relevant agencies to enforce environmental policy and guideline.

The application for appoval of building projects is full of bureaucracy that spawns irregularities. The Government must simplify all applications and eradicate irregularities, consistent with the National Integrity Plan (PIN).

We propose that CHKL has a comprehensive review of all empty spaces including green lung, remove all trespassers and improve its coordination with relevant agencies such as the Land Office. We need better landscaping and implementation of the KL20, turning KL into a truly international tropical garden city of light.



*Dr Tan Seng Giaw ,  DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong

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