They did it! Major victory in people’s Save Taman Rimba Kiara campaign

The communities have been relentless and unwavering in their fight and commitment to preserve Taman Rimba Kiara

This morning the Court of Appeal delivered its decision on the Taman Rimba Kiara matter over an online Zoom session.

The Court of Appeal panel, comprising three judges, unanimously decided that the development order obtained in 2017 by the joint venture of Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan and developer Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd for the Taman Rimba Kiara project is null and void. 

The Court of Appeal panel issued an order of certiorari quashing the development order.

This decision is a major victory for our community and neighbouring communities who have been relentless and unwavering in their fight and commitment to preserve Taman Rimba Kiara.

Many of you may recall our first protest in 2016 and the many subsequent protests held throughout the years since. This long and difficult struggle has been possible because of our collective unity, perseverance and commitment to protect our green space against the might of commercial interests, coupled with the staunch support of our Segambut MP, Hannah Yeoh.

Concurrent with today’s decision, we reiterate our desire for new housing for the longhouse families and we will continue in our efforts to get a proper and fair resolution to permanent housing for the families. They are our neighbours and partners in the TTDI community, and we will stand with them.

In light of today’s decision by the Court of Appeal, we call on Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the Ministry of Federal Territories to finally do the right thing. Let us work together to deliver affordable, low-density, permanent housing for the longhouse residents within the existing four acres of the rumah panjang and leave Taman Rimba Kiara to be the wonderful public park that it already is.

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We thank you for all your support, in words and action throughout this journey. – Taman Tun Dr Ismail Residents’ Association and Save Taman Rimba Kiara Working Group

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Bob May
29 Jan 2021 7.15pm

Excellent news!

Last edited 3 months ago by Bob May
Politi Scheiss
Politi Scheiss
28 Jan 2021 10.08am

Congratulations to the people of TTDI and their supporters who won this court battle to save Taman Rimba Kiara.

However, it’s unfortunate that citizens have to fight such costly fights so hard and long through the courts, when it should have been the government, then a Pakatan government, which should have stopped it dead in its tracks.

loyal malaysian
loyal malaysian
28 Jan 2021 7.37am

Congratulations! A celebration is in order for the committee fighting this battle against the Yayasan and the developer!!
I hope to be proved wrong but these are people with deep pockets and an appeal to the Federal Court cannot be discounted.

Yes, I do recall how the residents in the longhouses are caught in between in this struggle.
I can only hope, when the legal battles end, the powers-that-be will honor their pledges to the longhouse resident residents.

Daniele Speziale
Daniele Speziale
28 Jan 2021 1.16am

This is so amazing! Congrats to the people who mobilized to save the park.