Wednesday, March 28, 2012

'Show me the land,' KL mayor urges MP Segambut

Source: (By Abdul Rahim Sabri, 27/3/2012)
Kuala Lumpur mayor Ahmad Fuad Ismail has refused to entertain allegations that KL City Hall had used provisions under the KL City Plan 2020, within the Pudu area, to acquire land at below the market price. Ahmad (top) instead asked a reporter to state the land’s lot number and be more specific about the claim.
The reporter had raised the question based on information from Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng who said he received complaints that KL City Hall had issued an acquisition notice, and an order to vacate a portion of commercial land on Jalan Pudu, to its owner.
“Can you be specific (over the land) in Jalan Pudu as to where is it? I cannot respond to your question as this is not specific,” Ahmad Fuad said. "You have to tell me where the land is. In Pudu, there is a lot of land, including the old Pudu prison. So you have to tell me as I am not certain. “This being so, I have to discuss with my officers as to where (the land is). "You did not name the lot, and how can I answer... it may be a different land,” Ahmad Fuad added at a press conference at the KL City Hall Training Institute today, apparently referring to Lim who was also present.
Lim had claimed that the KL City Hall had been implementing provisions under the KL City Plan 2020 to acquire land at below market prices, even though the plan was still in the draft stage.
When reporters asked why City Hall was taking over the land, Ahmad did not respond directly to the question. He would only say that the land was needed for a green lung.
Also with Lim at the press conference were Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Batu MP Tian Chua.
The Segambut MP when met by Malaysiakini later for details on the land City Hall was acquiring pointed to the documents he had handed over earlier on his allegation. “The land in Pudu is stipulated for road construction and not to increase the greenery,” he said, adding he maintained his charge that KL City Hall's action in grabbing the land was wrong. Lim, a lawyer by profession, said would advise the landowner to file a suit against KL City Hall for the losses he has claimed to have suffered following the City Hall's actions.
KL City Hall is scheduled to gazette the KL City Plan 2020 on July 1.
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