News: TTDI RA Continue to Oppose Redevelopment Despite Land Status

Apr 12, 2018


Despite the announcement that the 1.2-acre land had been converted into commercial land way back in 1985, TTDI Residents’ Association (RA) continued to oppose the redevelopment of Tadika Diyana, reported The Edge.

The association even called on the Kuala Lumpur Mayor to reject the application on concerns that the redevelopment will negatively affect the community’s quality of living.

“We were surprised when we were told it was a commercial land, when DBKL announced the developer’s request to convert the land title. However, we will not compromise on this as the redevelopment will affect all TTDI residents, especially those who stay nearby,” said TTDI RA Chairman Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar after a closed-door meeting.

Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) had invited 20 representatives from the association to a closed door meeting, following its receipt of 1,390 objection letters from TTDI residents on 26 February. The objection letters came after DBKL put up a notice stating the developer’s land conversion request.

During the meeting, a DBKL town planning officer revealed that the land owner had applied at the land office to convert the site from residential use to commercial use in 1985, without notifying DBKL. As such, DBKL was not aware that the land usage had been changed when it set up the notice at the site.

TTDI residents, on the other hand, noted that Tadika Diyana has been operating the kindergarten business at the site for more than 20 years.

Amalan Setar (M) Sdn Bhd, the new land owner, wanted to build two seven-storey office towers with 72 shop-office units and two levels of parking.

The new buildings would bring in 1,400 more cars into the area daily, worsening traffic congestion as well as parking given that the new development will only feature 200 car parks, said TTDI RA committee member Datuk P Gunasilan.

Another RA member Nafisah Mohd Yusof Khir explained that the redevelopment plan does not fit the community’s needs.

“We are happy with our current living environment and its balanced combination of residential and commercial shoplots which offer daily and convenience services to the community, we do not need another commercial development in this residential area,” she said.

Hafiz added that even if DBKL considers asking the developer to scale down the development, the move will still be opposed by the RA.

“If the land is meant for kindergarten business then it should remain as its original usage. Furthermore, this piece of land is declared as a white zone which means it is for amenities development. DBKL should have followed the rules and not accepted the conversion request in the first place.”


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