FEDERAL Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin has refuted claims by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar that the redevelopment of the Kampung Kerinchi flats did not follow proper procedures.
Raja Nong Chik said the accusations made by Nurul Izzah in Parliament on April 5 were baseless and politically driven.
“When the Selangor government redeveloped the PKNS flats in Jalan Jelatek (Datum Jelatek) in 2010, it did not obtain 100% approval from the residents.
“Although the residents had brought the matter to court, the state went on with the project by acquiring the land through the Land Acquisition Act.
“Why is the issue of the Kampung Kerinchi flats politicised when nothing was done about the residents of Jalan Jelatek?” Raja Nong Chik asked at a press conference at the Lembah Pantai Community Service Centre in Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
On Nurul Izzah’s claim that the use of a referendum to select a developer was against the regulations, Raja Nong Chik stressed that the Government was merely acting as a facilitator to ensure a smooth redevelopment process since most of the residents in Kampung Kerinchi flats had pleaded for it to take place.
“In this case, the residents were given the right to vote for a developer out of the four nominated companies.
“A total of 432 (421 residents and 11 shop traders) out of the 467 residents had accepted the offer from the developer, which means that only 35 objected to the project,” Raja Nong Chik said.
On the issue that the PPR units were not ready for residents to move in, Raja Nong Chik said the 432 residents had moved in to the houses since it was first offered in 2009.
“Now, only 34 residents are adamant about not moving as they are being influenced.
“However, we have ensured that the homes are ready for them by carrying out repair works since it has long been abandoned,” said Raja Nong Chik.
As of April 4, 26 of the 34 residents have taken the keys to the PPR units.
The rental of RM124 per month per unit is being borne by the developer, Suez Domain Sdn Bhd, who will undertake the construction of two 16-storey buildings with 480 units.
The first notice to vacate the premises was issued on March 12, but was extended to March 26 to allow the residents to sort out their relocation and PPR units.
This was then further extended to April 2.
On a separate matter pertaining to the temporary licences issued to traders, Raja Nong Chik said the move was in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s call to allow small traders the opportunity to conduct their businesses legally.
However, Raja Nong Chik said he hoped the traders would be responsible when carrying out their businesses and not cause inconvenience to other residents and the community.
“Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will not hesitate to take action if the traders do not abide by City Hall’s regulations,” said Raja Nong Chik .
A total of 35 residents in Taman Gasing Indah Phase 1 received temporary licences to trade on a vacant plot of land that was previously a squatter area in Kampung Pasir Kiri, Kuala Lumpur.
The 35 were squatters before they were relocated to their existing homes about 10 years ago.
The six-month licences were issued with conditions. including traders should not rent or sell their stalls to others, they must vacate the premises if development takes place and the stalls are only temporary and must follow DBKL specifications.