Friday June 1, 2012
Residents want green field back
By PRIYA MENON
Photo by AHMAD IZZRAFIQ
Discrepancies in the Petaling Jaya Local Plan 2
has led to residents stepping up the campaign to
save the PKNS field in Kelana Jaya.
The field earmarked for development of five
35-storey apartment blocks has been the subject
of controversy among residents who want the
field retained as a green lung.
After several attempts to stop the development,
the action committee found a discprepancy in two
versions of the local plan, one by the Petaling
Jaya City Council (MPBJ) and the other by the
Selangor Town and Rural Planning Department.
The MBPJ version states that the status of the
field is commercial while the planning
department has marked it as a green lung.
The PKNS field in Kelana Jaya which residents
want to be retained as green lung.
The error was highlighted by councillor Derek
Fernandez at the full board meeting earlier this
week sparking outrage among residents.
“The process of tampering a government document
is fraudulent. It should be investigated and a
police report should be lodged because it
involves so many people,” said action committee
secretary Esham Salam.
“It is the responsibility of PKNS to return the
field otherwise the land status might be changed
later on and the development could take off,” he
The committee is urging Selangor Mentri Besar
Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to make a commitment to
return the field.
Meanwhile, Kelana Jaya Barisan Nasional
component parties are asking for a full
explanation on the discrepancies discovered in
the local plan.
“I don’t know if the residents can accept a
technical error as an explanation,” Kelana Jaya
BN coordinator Ong Chong Swen.
She said the council had not received any
development plans but noticeboards had been put
up and meetings arranged with the residents.
She, however, commended Roslan for admitting it
was a serious error.
Roslan in a press conference after the full
board meeting said the development would not be
“Any development made based on the wrong plan
will not be accepted,” he said.
Ong also said the action committee had lodged a
report with the MACC on the matter.
Residents, who attended a press conference
organised by Ong at her office in Regalia Subang
Jaya, were unhappy with the proceedings.
A resident, Mohd Aminuddin Che Mat Din said the
mayor might say that the project would not take
off now since the mistake had been found out but
what guarantee was there that the development
would not be approved later on.
“We want to put a stop to it now,” he said.
Ong said they would lodge a police report on the