Updated 28/1 Clear conflict of interest: KL Mayor was both "applicant and decision-maker" for Taman Rimba Kiara project, says Court
Original piece 27 Jan:
In June 2016, a petite news portal called The Mole reported a plan by a major developer to build, among other things, eight blocks of luxury condominiums on Taman Rimba Kiara, a project so massive it would increase the neighborhood's population density by 10 times and all but annihilate one of the last remaining green lungs in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (a claim the developer and the collaborating authorities have vehemently denied). It was thought aloud at one time that the condos would render it necessary for a six-lane highway to be built right in the middle of TTDI but that plan was later shelved, mysteriously, just before the 2018 general elections ...
Read that breaking story TTDI residents against high-rise project near Taman Rimba Kiara.
This blog picked up The Mole's story the following day:
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 21 June: Watch out, developer of this proposed project in TTDI. The residents have put up with quite a few high rise properties that have clogged their space in recent years but they are not about to let their precious park go down without a stiff fight. Watch out, too, City Hall. How can you even consider such a development that will adversely affect Rimba Kiara? And where's the local MP?"Why can't we preserve some green lung for the next generation?" a resident demanded.
Five years on, The Mole, petite as ever, happily published this good news earlier yesterday: TTDI residents hail court decision on Taman Rimba Kiara.
What it means is that the Court of Appeal has declared null and void the controversial project that was to be undertaken jointly by Malton Bhd's subdiary Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd and Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan, a foundation chaired by the Federal Territories Minister.
He won't - can't - say it but I have a feeling that, deep in his heart, the FT Minister Annuar Musa is quite relieved with how the whole issue has ended. It's not his baby; he wasn't the Minister in charge back in 2016.