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    Taman Rimba Kiara disputes to be tabled to cabinet next month

    (Updated )

    The disputes over the proposed housing project at Taman Rimba Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, will be tabled and finalised at the cabinet meeting next month, said Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.

    He said if the project was scrapped, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would have to pay more than RM150 million in compensation to the developer.

    “It is really expensive to pay the compensation...but since the residents are still protesting, I will leave it to the cabinet to decide.

    “I have got to prepare the paper and present it to the cabinet and they will make a decision most probably some time in April,” he told reporters after launching the “Perumahan Ku Bersih 2019” programme at Beringin People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Kuala Lumpur today.

    The proposed project, which involves the construction of 350 units of affordable houses for Bukit Kiara longhouse residents and eight blocks of 50-storey high-end condominiums on a 4.8-hectare land, has been opposed because of the concern for one of the last green lungs in the city.

    Khalid said the project should proceed as the size of the land involved would be reduced to 3.2 hectares after taking into account the protest from local residents.

    Meanwhile, DBKL today introduced the ‘Rental Arrears Settlement Service Scheme’ to address the problem of rental arrears by tenants of its Public Housing (PA) and PPR units.

    Khalid said the City Hall would appoint tenants who cannot afford to pay their rent as cleaners and their income would be channelled directly to DBKL to settle their current and outstanding rents.

    “A total of 107 tenants have been identified to have rent arrears. So, if they really cannot afford to pay the rent, they can take up the job with an income of between RM800 and RM1,300 per month,” he said.

    As of Jan 31, a total of 25,872 units of PA and PPR have rental arrears of RM25.76 million with rental rates ranging from RM95 to RM135 monthly.

    - Bernama

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