Demolish the grass house at the entrance to
Dr Tan Seng Giaw
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
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,
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
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
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
National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong