Taman Rimba Kiara a hard-fought victory

C4 Center congratulates the community and their lawyers that bravely fought for Taman Rimba Kiara to remain a green recreational park

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The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) lauds the unanimous decision made by the Court of Appeal with regard to the Taman Rimba Kiara case, where the development order for the project is considered null and void.

This verdict vindicates our longstanding, detailed research and advocacy work, as well as that of the affected communities in raising serious concerns of conflict of interest, planning irregularities and blatant power abuse, all of which were dismissed or shunned by those in power.

This landmark decision yesterday by the appellate court has driven home pivotal principles in planning law and has laid bare the violations of the joint venture of Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan and Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd in 2017.

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg with regards the dubious deals by the federal territories minister then, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who was recently convicted in a RM2m bribery case while granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal for another RM1m graft case.

Tengku Adnan was also linked to the Pavilion Genting Highlands project through a series of amazing coincidences, despite his denials of any improper dealings. Tadmansori Holdings, a company owned by him, secured 20% effective ownership of Sering Manis, the project company of the Pavilion Genting Highlands project. It should also be noted that his brother, Tengku Rethwan, was also appointed a director of Sering Manis.

It bears reminding that it was under Tengku Adnan’s time that the Taman Rimba Kiara case, the elevated Bangsar-Damansara highway and 64 other dubious land deals took place. As such, his involvement and role in these cases must be investigated further.

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With this, C4 Center congratulates the community and their lawyers that bravely fought for Taman Rimba Kiara to remain a green recreational park.

We call for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to expedite the investigations into Tengku Adnan’s RM1m discharge-not-amounting-to-an-acquittal graft case, as well as his involvement in various mega-projects and land deals.

It is imperative that the momentum gained in this victory against conflict of interest, abuse of power and corruption be carried through to other cases, and that development must be sustainable to benefit the Malaysian people. – C4 Center

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