Aiming at win-win situation. Really need to go to court?

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We have stayed in the area for a very long time. We love to walk in the public park every weekend. Now, there is a new development in the area which will take away some of the things we have gotten used to enjoying for as long as we could remember. In another place, we have enjoyed the sea breeze every day. We have sea view anytime we like. Now, they are reclaiming the sea in front of our home and soon, we will only have condominium view. (other people’s condominium) I think in both these cases, the community will definitely fight for the rights to continue enjoying what they have been enjoying and is now in danger of losing. In Kuala Lumpur, we have the Taman Rimba Kiara case which has been ongoing for many years. Latest development here.

Article in here. Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad reiterated that the scaled-down Taman Rimba Kiara project is a “win-win solution” that allows longhouse residents to remain in the area and restores to Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) residents a portion of the land. He said, “We have achieved a ‘win-win’ situation for all residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) by reducing the scale of development, and they should be thankful that the developer is returning most of the land to the housing estate (TTDI).” He added, “Unfortunately, they (TTDI Residents’ Association) want all 25 acres, including the original site of the longhouse and temple. So, where are the longhouse residents going to stay? TTDI residents are enjoying development and staying in beautiful houses; what about the fate of the longhouse occupants? They have been living there for 38 years and should enjoy the same rights, by living in houses that are better than the existing ones.”

The project controversy started in April 2017 when Kuala Lumpur City Hall issued an order for the development on a 4.9-hectare lot, out of 10.1 hectares of Taman Rimba Kiara. It was to entail the construction of a 350-unit block of affordable housing for the Bukit Kiara longhouse community and eight blocks of 50-storey luxury condominiums. TTDI residents opposed the project and Khalid on Monday announced that the developer of Taman Rimba Kiara has agreed to scale down the development, by reducing its density and size from 4.9 hectares to 3.2 hectares. Article in here.

This is what Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh said yesterday. She stressed that the resettlement of Taman Tun Dr Ismail long house residents should be carried out within the existing site. Any plans extending into Taman Rimba Kiara site should not be allowed to preserve and conserve the green lung. She said, “We are not against long house residents getting new houses in fact we wholeheartedly welcome it but we do not want the resettlement to encroach into Taman Rimba Kiara.” Article in here.

Actually, once nothing could be achieved through discussion and agreement, then the courts will be the last resort. When it goes there, there will only be one party which takes all, usually. Perhaps both sides should use arbitration. Many times, it’s all about communication rather than issuing statements to and fro. Happy understanding.

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Article written and edited by Charles. News article summarised by Dina Batrisyia.

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