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Issue 118


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Let Appeals Board decide
Writer: Gan Pei Ling
Published: Fri, 08 Mar 2013

SHAH ALAM: Selangor says it will wait for the Appeals Board to decide on the Kelana Jaya sports centre land status and has rejected residents’ call to scrap its state subsidiary’s plan to redevelop the field.

“Let it be evaluated by the Appeals Board under the Town and Country Planning Department. The independent body will look at it professionally, whether elements of fairness or foul play (are present) in this case.

“Residents have their own ideas but the Appeals Board will look at theirs, the property owner and MBPJ’s (Petaling Jaya City Council) arguments,” said Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim yesterday.

The Appeals Board is due to hear the property developer’s appeal against MBPJ’s decision to reject its development proposal on April 25.

Senior executive councillor Teresa Kok told Selangor Times the landowner, Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS), holds a “commercial” title.

But PKNS general manager Othman Omar declined to elaborate on the issue: “The matter is at the Appeals [Board], we shouldn’t speculate.”

The field has been gazetted as an open space under the Petaling Jaya Local Plan Two, approved by the state executive council in December 2010.

Residents at SS7, the neighbourhood next to the field are preparing to take the matter to court to defend the green lung.

“It’s been nine months since the Selcat (Special Select Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transparency) hearing, what actions have the state government and MBPJ taken?” asked Datuk Zul Mukhshar Mat Shaari, chairperson of the Selamatkan Padang Rakyat committee, on Tuesday.

The ad-hoc committee was set up in 2011 to protest against PKNS’s redevelopment plans.

“The state can order PKNS to cancel the plan. Why do we need to go through the Appeals Board?” asked a senior resident at a meeting attended by 30 members of the public at the carpark next to the field.

Zul Mukhshar said some MBPJ officers attempted to change the field’s land use again in a One-Stop Centre meeting in January but the attempt was foiled by the mayor and councillors.

The frustrated residents want the matter to be brought to a close before the general election.

They were appalled to find out last June, at the Selcat inquiry, that MBPJ officers made 220 changes to the local plan without public consultation, including changing the field’s zoning to commercial.

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

Meanwhile, a state lawmaker will file a request to four state agencies, MBPJ and PKNS to release official documents related to field, via the state newly enforced Freedom of Information (FOI) Enactment.

“After discussing with the residents, we decided to use this as a test case,” said Seri Setia assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad during the press conference with residents on Tuesday.

Nik Nazmi said it is the best way to get to the bottom of the issue and resolve conflicts over the land status.

Apart from MBPJ and PKNS, the PKR legislator will request documents from the Petaling District and Land Office, Selangor Land and Mines Office, Selangor Town and Country Planning Department and the Selangor State Sports Council.

Selangor’s sunshine law compels information officers to respond to FOI requests within 30 days or seven days for urgent cases.


 Selangor Times



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