Minister to punish errant developer after TTDI residents protest

Federal Territories Minister Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin has vowed to punish a developer who defied DBKL’s stop-work order after Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) residents protested in front of his house on Sunday.

He said the stop-work order, which was issued a month ago, barred the developer RAH Properties from using  the backlane of Jalan Dato Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, as an access road to their construction site until an alternative entrance was completed.

RAH Properties however continue to work despite DBKL had twice erected barriers at the back lane.

“I will talk to the (DBKL) mayor to study a way to fine (the developer) besides issuing the second stop-work order,” he told media and the crowd at Jalan Dato Sulaiman 1.

“Our stand is firm. What the developer is doing now is illegal and they cannot do as they please,” he said, adding that DBKL will put up barriers again today.

Developer uses Umno as patron saint

The locals are asking the developer to stop using the back lane as the main access to its 1.2ha development site, as it poses security concerns besides worsening the neighbourhood congestion.

Resident Elaine Lee claimed that the developer chooses to stick to the back lane because it will enhance the prestige of their new township.

“Their land is borders TTDI and Sungai Penchala. If they use the back lane as the main entrance, they can relate their development to TTDI, which they can’t do from the other side,” she explained.

Residents claim that after a confrontation with RAH Properties, the latter acted by putting up Umno flags and Raja Nong Chik’s portraits at their construction site.

These had apparently been taken down when media visited the site

The developer has also built a monsoon drain leading from the construction site to the existing drains in the neighbourhood.

“This is totally unacceptable. Our homes will be flooded if there is an overflow of water coming from their development,” Lee said.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who was invited to the event, claimed the developer has been given a go-ahead by Kuala Lumpur district land office.

“If DBKL is going issue another stop-work order, developer can actually challenge it in court,” he said (right).

He said he has raised the issue twice but DBKL has not responded to him.

“Hopefully this matter can be solved after minister’s pledge today,” he said.