News: Park Promised to Residents to Become a Convention Centre Instead. MACC has Been Brought in

Oct 12, 2017

With so many questions left unanswered, the residents of Taman Melawati, Ampang, in Kuala Lumpur have asked the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate why the Selangor government suddenly changed its plans for the 1.48ha land at Jalan Bandar 12.

It was initially proposed that a centralised park will be built on the site, but the project was scrapped to make way for a convention centre. In fact, the land status for recreational park has been abruptly changed to commercial site for the development of the convention centre.

Taman Melawati Residents Association (TMRA) Zone ABC chairman Razman Hakimi Abdullah revealed that the original plan of the project was approved way back in 2014. However, they only found out that the project has already been cancelled after a tender notice for the building of the convention centre was published on 18 May in Utusan Malaysia.

With the cost at around RM25 million, the two-year project is expected to commence between December 2017 and January 2018.

“Our question is how can a mega project like this easily go through all the approval process within five months. Why weren’t we informed?”

“We believe there could be elements of power abuse and corruption in this issue as one-third of the funding of the convention centre comes from the developer which is Sime Darby, another one-third from the municipal council and final one-third from the state-government run by PKR,” he said after lodging a report at MACC.

Meanwhile, Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) explained that it would build the park on a smaller plot of land about a kilometre away in exchange of the convention centre.

“Sime Darby Property had promised to build the park next to Melawati Mall five years ago as part of its Taman Melawati redevelopment plan including other high-rise residential buildings. This act is really uncalled for,” said Razman.

“We are disappointed as MPAJ also refused to have a public hearing with the residents in regard to the matter.”

Razman noted that 75 percent of the 30,000 residents in Taman Melawati are old folks and retirees, hence, building a convention centre within the area would not be advisable.

“We don’t need a convention centre. We want some greenery around our neighbourhood, not a concrete jungle,” he said.

“I think it is ridiculous to build a convention centre as the area is jam-prone. Adding more buildings will only add on to the existing traffic congestion.”


Image sourced from NST.


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