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Selcat grills MBPJ
Writer: Gan Pei Ling
Published: Fri, 29 Jun 2012

SHAH ALAM: Petaling Jaya city planners came under fire at a public inquiry yesterday when they failed to provide satisfactory answers on who was responsible for changing Kelana Jaya sports centre’s green lung status to commercial land.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Roslan Sakiman (right) told Selcat there are three versions of PJ Local Plan Two. The local plan was first amended by the Selangor Town and Country Planning Department and subsequently by the Petaling Jaya City Council after its draft was approved by the state in Dec 2010. The state, mayor and PJ councillors were kept in the dark about the amendments. MBPJ deputy planning director Faiwos Abdul Hamid (left) also testified at Selcat.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) deputy planning director Faiwos Abdul Hamid stuttered or kept quiet when grilled by Selangor’s Special Select Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat).

Selcat chairperson Datuk Teng Chang Khim asked: “Did anyone give MBPJ instructions to change the PKNS (Selangor Development Corporation) field’s zoning in Kelana Jaya from recreational to commercial (in PJ Local Plan Two)?”

Faiwos: No.

Teng: If nobody gave specific instructions, then who took the initiative to change it?

Faiwos: The information was available (on the land office database), we’re just amending it (to reflect the land use as stated in the land titles).

In addition, she said MBPJ’s 220 amendments involved the entire local plan and not just the PKNS field.

Teng: Okay but there must have been someone who started it, can’t be the clerk, or bus driver in MBPJ, there must have been an officer.

Faiwos: …… (Silence)

She also failed to provide the meetings’ minutes in which the PKNS field zone change was discussed.

Noraini Roslan, who headed the planning department from September 2010 to June 2011, admitted that MBPJ failed to follow the proper procedures when amending the local plan.

However, she said the zoning of PKNS field was changed after she left office.

Noraini said revisions were made to the PJ Local Plan Two, even after it was gazetted on Jan 13, 2011, to ensure it was consistent with information provided by the land office and landowners.

“We had to update the local plan with the latest land use information or it would have been inaccurate,” said Noraini, who is now the president of the Kuala Selangor District Council.

“We aren’t changing things, we’re just correcting it,” she said.

When asked why MBPJ didn’t ensure all information in the local plan was accurate and updated before presenting it to the state to be gazetted, she said it was a common practice among local councils to “update” the plan even after it was gazetted.

“The local plan consists of massive amounts of information. There will be five to 10 per cent errors,” said Noraini.

Not satisfied with Faiwos and Noraini’s answers, Selcat adjourned the two-day inquiry to 10am next Thursday.

Meanwhile, Selcat has instructed MBPJ to provide minutes of the meetings and to disclose the officer(s) responsible for changing the zoning for the PKNS field.

Seri Setia assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, who also testified yesterday, was the first to call on Selcat to probe into the discrepancies in the PJ Local Plan Two over the status of PKNS field.

The Selangor Town and Country Planning Department’s version stated that the field is an open space while MBPJ’s version classified it as commercial.

Residents have been alarmed by and opposed the proposal by PKNS to develop the field and the city council had rejected the PKNS plan.

It was also revealed at the inquiry that MBPJ’s illegally amended local plan went to print on Aug 16, 2011 while PKNS had submitted the development application on Aug 24, 2011.


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