A group of Sungai Ara residents have scored a stunning victory in the Federal Court as top judges decided in their favour after a decade-long struggle to block a development project on hill-slope land above their residential area.
The court even awarded legal costs totalling RM300,000 in the residents’ favour.
The project involved 13 condominium blocks, three-storey bungalows and other structures over 81 acres, 43% of which was hill land above 250 feet above sea level with a gradient of over 25 degrees.
Such land, other than for “special projects”, was supposed to be preserved and gazetted under the Land Conservation Act 1960, according to the Penang Structure Plan. Full article on Aliran website