Friday, November 24, 2006

Bungalow Development At Bukit Gasing - Can We Believe DBKL?

The plan to develop 142 bungalow lots on a 15.2-hectare site in Bukit Gasing here, causing public uproar, has yet to be approved by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ruslin Hasan said a decision on the application for the development would only be made after DBKL's Sensitive Areas Environment Committee had considered all the technical information at hand. He said the committee was in the midst of arranging a meeting on the matter that would be chaired by the secretary-general of the Federal Territories Ministry. "The feedback received will then be presented to me so that a decision can be made based on existing guidelines," he told reporters here Thursday.

He said the technical information needed was in the process of being gathered and the whole exercise was expected to be completed in a month.

Ruslin said that development work by Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd in Taman Gasing Indah, which borders Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, only involved soil tests. "The work done covers only a small area and as such does not need any approval," he added.

The mayor said the application would be rejected if studies showed that the area had no granite but only stony and sandy soil and shale, which would make piling work difficult. He added that DBKL was concerned about development in hilly areas and on slopes as it was against government policy and to avoid tragedies.

The design plan for the development of the 142 bungalow lots was approved by the Selangor Urban and Rural Development Department in the early 1970's. The initial plan was for the building of 71 lots of bungalows of 25,000 sq ft in size each.

"However, on May 25, 2005, the land owner presented a new design plan to increase the number of lots from 71 to 142," Ruslin said.


***** Is this more obfuscation from the DBKL? Can or do you believe the Mayor? Why should we, when all these years legally sanctioned rape of the green areas has been allowed to go on with impunity?

It's the usual bullshit. First a harmless statement about soil tests going on, no approval yet, committee to assess and then suddenly the piling machines are brought in and it's too late to do anything. Somebody, somewhere makes a huge pile, politicians get their cut as do the Perbandaran big boys and semuanya ok.

Who are the corporate bigwigs involved in this Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd? This time I know who to ask. The same person who exposed the Kampung Berembang greed merchants - Nathaniel Tan.

Related post: DBKL - Another Greedy Bungler.

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Anonymous nat said...


will do my best bro - i'm not sure i'll be able to come up with anything, but people i care about live in that area and some have been working really hard to stop this nonsense.

thanks so much for the support, i'll hope i can come up with something!

4:45 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous nat said...

ps- forgot sorry, you're probably aware, but the people trying to save bukit gasing maintain a good site at .

4:55 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd - vs - The Mayor of Kuala Lumpur

Reading the article on the legal case. I say the Mayor is doing the best to protect Bukit Gasing without losing 'tax payer' money to acquire the private land at a very 'expensive' price the land owner requested.
IF the committee chaired by the secretary-general of the Federal Territories Ministry in December agree with the development. The public and Bukit Gasing friends should 'attack' the developer by supporting the double stage development required by DBKL in year 2000 and urge DBKL to stick with the 1970's approved layout for 71 unit.
QUOTE: In the view of the Company, from the point of practicality and economy the land cannot be developed in two stages.

1:20 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous kesian said...

NO development in Bukit Gasing - it easy for us to say. Then the developer will go to the ministers to whack government officer/ dbkl.

From my point of view, as government officer/ dbkl can't simply say NO to the land owner. The development in hilly areas and on slopes must be stopped using government policy and guideline.

In 1999, the was no proper guideline to STOP the developer from developing the hilly slopes. Requesting for 2 stage development because to hill is too steep was the only way for dbkl to say NO. As a result, the developer brought DBKL to COURT. Subsequently, DBKL won the case.

Sources said that the current mayor stand firm with the ruling & court decision. With current policy and guideline, the developer may not be able to develop the area.
The only worries is if those in higher positon trying to overule or lobby in a new mayor who agree with them.

2:39 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bkt Gasing is under threat of development. land is already being cleared. to know more, pls go to:
please come and support our struggle to save Bkt Gasing and Save Lives, this Sunday, 13th April 2008.

1:52 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Andy said...

Part of the trail at Taman Pendidikan Bukit Gasing has collapsed in a big way due to a landslide sometime last week. The trail has been cut off. A bungalow's compound is under threat. Although unrelated to the proposed development on the KL side, this is natural evidence of how fragile Bukit Gasing is. Please join us to SAVE BUKIT GASING.

5:00 PM GMT+8  

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