Le­gal­ity of shop­ping cen­tre ac­qui­si­tion be­ing de­cided by top court, says MRT Corp

New Straits Times - - News - TEOH PEI YING KUALA LUMPUR peiy­ing@nst.com.my

MASS Rapid Tran­sit Cor­po­ra­tion Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) has de­nied al­le­ga­tions made by a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion against it over the Am­pang Park shop­ping cen­tre de­mo­li­tion is­sue.

MRT Corp, in a state­ment yes­ter­day, said the al­le­ga­tions made by Per­tubuhan Ikatan Usa­hawan Ke­cil dan Seder­hana (Ikhlas) were wrong and baseless.

Its Strate­gic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Stake­holder Re­la­tions di­rec­tor, Datuk Na­j­mud­din Ab­dul­lah, said Ikhlas should be more re­spon­si­ble.

Na­j­mud­din said the is­sue re­gard­ing the le­gal­ity of the shop­ping cen­tre’s ac­qui­si­tion process had been de­cided by the High Court on June 30 last year, and the Court of Ap­peal on Jan 18 this year.

“The lat­est de­ci­sion is be­ing ap­pealed in the Fed­eral Court.

“MRT Corp is wait­ing for the out­come of the ap­peal and will abide by the court’s de­ci­sion.

“Ikhlas should have checked its facts be­fore is­su­ing state­ments based on spec­u­la­tion and hearsay.”

Na­j­mud­din said MRT Corp wel­comed any au­thor­ity to in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tions re­gard­ing the land ac­qui­si­tion of the shop­ping cen­tre.

“We will co­op­er­ate with the au­thor­i­ties to fa­cil­i­tate the in­ves­ti­ga­tions if need be.”

The Am­pang Park shop­ping cen­tre is lo­cated on land re­quired for the fu­ture Am­pang Park MRT Sta­tion to in­te­grate with the ex­ist­ing Am­pang Park Light Rail Tran­sit (LRT) Sta­tion.

The Am­pang Park MRT Sta­tion will be an un­der­ground sta­tion, one of the 35 sta­tions of the MRT Sun­gai Bu­loh-Ser­dang-Pu­tra­jaya Line, a project which is un­der de­vel­op­ment by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions to re­solve the is­sue, MRT Corp pro­posed a mu­tual agree­ment for co­ex­is­tence to the own­ers of the 253 strata lots in the shop­ping cen­tre.

This mu­tual agree­ment will en­able the MRT tun­nel and an un­der­ground linkway be­tween the Am­pang Park MRT and LRT sta­tions to be built with­out the land be­ing ac­quired un­der the Land Ac­qui­si­tion Act 1960.

This op­tion will also spare the Am­pang Park shop­ping cen­tre from de­mo­li­tion.

Jan 31 last year, was the agreed upon dead­line by which 100 per cent of the strata own­ers had to agree to the mu­tual agree­ment for co­ex­is­tence. This dead­line passed with­out the own­ers re­vert­ing to MRT Corp. A to­tal of 39 own­ers, who own a to­tal of 62 strata units, then ini­ti­ated a ju­di­cial re­view against the land ac­qui­si­tion.

Led by Ikhlas pres­i­dent Mohd Ridzuan Ab­dul­lah, they lodged a po­lice re­port against par­ties in­volved in the MRT project af­ter al­leg­ing that there was a con­spir­acy to de­mol­ish the shop­ping cen­tre.


The Am­pang Park shop­ping cen­tre in Kuala Lumpur.

Datuk Na­j­mud­din Ab­dul­lah

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