Khalid downplays Kg Baru local council role

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Jun 23, 2010 oleh HermanSamsudeen

By Yow Hong Chieh

KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 — Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim may be sabotaging his own alternative redevelopment plan for Kampung Baru when he insisted yesterday that the involvement of the settlement’s de facto local council was not a major issue.
“That will be discussed but [it is] not going to be the major issue in this,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

“The major issue in this will be retaining the ownership of the Malay community in the area, at the same time taking advantage of the high net worth and development value of the area.”

The Kampung Baru Malay Agricultural Settlement Administrative Board (MAS), which has administered the village since its inception 110 years ago, insists that it should retain control of any redevelopment effort in Kampung Baru.

“We are now reviewing the papers I gave to the federal government more than 15 years ago and to see how relevant it is in this current situation,” Khalid said last night.

The Bandar Tun Razak MP said he intends to convene a forum with Kampung Baru representatives in July.

“Hopefully, they’ll agree to have a meeting with me and also with Ahli Parlimen (MP) Titiwangsa, Datuk Lo’ Lo’ (Ghazali) and also PKNS (Selangor Development Corporation) with regard to an option that can be considered by the people of Kampung Baru,” he said.

Khalid originally presented his offer on Saturday, one day after MAS denied a claim by Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being Minister Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin that owners and beneficiaries had agreed to the federal government’s redevelopment plans.

The chief miniter had said that Selangor has administrative obligations to Kampung Baru although the settlement was located in Kuala Lumpur, and pointed out that PKNS was the entity responsible for developing Kampung Baru before Kuala Lumpur was made into a Federal Territory.

Raja Nong Chik, who has been tasked by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to spearhead redevelopment plans for the settlement, has faced one obstacle after another since taking helm of this project.

He was quickly forced to back down from his position that non-Malays were key to Kampung Baru’s new genesis after objections from residents, eventually conceding that the decision would be put up to a vote among owners and beneficiaries.

He then clarified that not a single square inch of Kampung Baru land would be sold to non-Malays, and that his original proposal to open up the area to non-Malays only involved the sale of strata titles.

The minister has characterised Khalid’s offer as an attempt by PKR to curry favour with Malays, adding that it would cause disunity in Kuala Lumpur’s Malay community.-The Malaysian Insider


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