News: A Sea Change in DBKL’s Land Deals, Property Projects

May 17, 2018

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is expected to change how it carries out land sales and property projects following an unofficial meeting with three MPs, who paid a courtesy call to Mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz on Monday (14 May), reported The Star.

They consist of Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng, Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun and Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil, who visited the Mayor’s office to talk about the running of DBKL under the new government as well as several crucial local issues that need to be tackled.

Among them is the DBKL’s sale of 64 land parcels to various property developers and the Federal Territories Foundation. In fact, the MPs asked the Mayor to reveal the particulars of these transactions.

Mayor Amin Nordin responded that all plots were not sold via open tender but through negotiations.

“The issue was brought up in Parliament and less than half of the land was used for affordable housing. The rest was to accommodate development projects for the public.”

After the meeting, Fahmi said that the newly elected MPs plan to scrutinise these land sales, and make sure future transactions are conducted through open tenders.

However, he noted that the courtesy call was just an unofficial meeting and they are still awaiting the detailed report on the sales.

He also told the media during a press conference at Menara DBKL 1 on Monday (14 May) that city hall has frozen the processing of development applications for vacant land and hillslopes

“All approved projects will go on as usual, but those under planning stage will be put on hold.”

Moreover, Kuala Lumpur’s 11 MPs expect to hold another meeting with the Mayor soon.

“During the next meeting, we will talk about how DBKL has been run all these while, and how we can run it better,” shared Fahmi.

Among the things he would like to discuss in the near future is the publication of Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 and Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020.

“We will need to look at all the information provided and identify a suitable timeframe for these plans. It will definitely not be Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020, maybe 2030,” explained Fahmi, adding that they intend to hold local government elections as promised by Pakatan Harapan.

Image sourced from The Star Online

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