‘MRT Corp reg­u­larly en­gaged with strata own­ers’

New Straits Times - - Business -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) said it has reg­u­larly en­gaged with strata own­ers of the Am­pang Park shop­ping cen­tre with re­gards to land ac­qui­si­tion for public in­fras­truc­ture.

In re­sponse to al­le­ga­tions by the Small and Medium Scale En­trepreneurs Al­liance of Malaysia, MRT Corp’s strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions and stake­holder re­la­tions direc­tor Datuk Na­j­mud­din Ab­dul­lah said it had held sev­eral town­hall ses­sions with stake­hold­ers.

“We had en­gaged with strata ti­tle own­ers of Am­pang Park mall at least four times in 2015. We met on Oc­to­ber 15, Oc­to­ber 20, Novem­ber 3 and De­cem­ber 16,” he said, here, yes­ter­day.

Na­j­mud­din said MRT Corp had, in ac­cor­dance with the coun­try’s land laws, of­fered mu­tual agree­ment for co-ex­is­tence.

This al­ter­na­tive saves the prop­erty from ac­qui­si­tion but re­quires all strata lot own­ers to agree to the MRT line and a pedes­trian linkway be­tween the fu­ture MRT sta­tion and ex­ist­ing LRT sta­tion to be built be­low the Am­pang Park shop­ping cen­tre.

This op­tion, how­ever, was re­jected by the own­ers as they did not come back with any de­ci­sion or an al­ter­na­tive pro­posal by the agreed dead­line, which was on Jan­uary 31 last year, he said.

“The op­tion, which re­quired the own­ers of all 253 strata lots to fully agree, is a le­gal re­quire­ment un­der our coun­try’s land laws.”

He cited the Strata Ti­tles Act 1985 and Strata Man­age­ment Act 2013, which re­quire all strata ti­tle own­ers to agree to land ac­qui­si­tion at mar­ket price to make way for public in­fras­truc­ture projects.

“In­stead, 39 of the 253 strata own­ers had filed for a ju­di­cial re­view on Jan­uary 8 last year in­stead of com­ing back with a pro­posal to us,” said Na­j­mud­din.

“Their fate now de­pends on their ac­tions. If they had agreed to go ahead with the mu­tual agree­ment, we could have dis­cussed fur­ther and things could have been dif­fer­ent.”

On Jan­uary 18, the Court of Ap­peal re­jected the ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted by 39 strata ti­tle own­ers in Am­pang Park on the land ac­qui­si­tion to pave way for the Am­pang Park MRT sta­tion.

“So now, we have to wait for the Fed­eral Court, the apex of the ju­di­cial sys­tem, to de­cide on this mat­ter,” he added.

The Am­pang Park MRT sta­tion is a part of the 52.2km Line 2, which is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2022. Ooi Tee Ching

MRT Corp strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions and stake­holder re­la­tions direc­tor Datuk Na­j­mud­din Ab­dul­lah

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