‘NGO’S ALLEGATIONS WRONG, BASELESS’
Legality of shopping centre acquisition being decided by top court, says MRT Corp
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