Demolition work has already started at the old Klang Bus Station and Plaza Warisan along Jalan Sultan to make way for the underground MRT station.
More than 1000 members of the public responded to a protest call made by the Petaling Street Community Art Project (PSCAP), an art activists’ group, in a last minute effort to stop the demolition and to fight for preservation of the rest of the designated heritage buildings along Jalan Sultan. The protestors met in front of the Plaza Warisan which has been bought over earlier by the Urban Development Authority, for this project.
These 2 notice boards have been put up by MRT Corp as part of the public consultation efforts, rather than engaging directly with the conservationist group, particularly the Save Jalan Sultan and Jalan Bukit Bintang Group.
In a brochure circulated to the supporters,, the organisers of the the protests made demands for face-to-face dialogue and public consultation with the MRT Corp, which so far had avoided this conservationist group. The following are their main concerns:
1. Why is the alignment not integrated with the existing transport system ?
2. Why need to have so many people relocated ? MRT Corp has announced through the media that 21 builidngs in Bukit Bintang areas have to be demolished and the tenants have been told to move out for 6 year.
3. Why is the MRT rail tracks so near to people’s home, in one case only 6 meters from their doorsteps ?
4. Why disturb our heritage ?
5. Why is it so expensive ?
The following images depict the scene at this protest.