Trees have been removed in the area so that a sales gallery can be constructed.
According to the Malaysian Insight, Kuala Lumpur City Hall approved the development of a 29-storey block of 350 ‘affordable’ homes, and eight blocks (42-54 storeys) of 1,766 high-end apartments on a 4.86ha plot of land in Taman Rimba Kiara. What is shocking is that the area has reportedly been designated as a public open space under the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020.
Save Taman Rimba Kiara working group coordinator Leon Koay was disappointed that clearing work has begun despite an ongoing court case. “We can see that we have lost some trees. It looks like the destruction has begun,” he was quoted as saying.
“We spoke to the onsite supervisor. They uprooted trees in the upper section, behind the guardhouse, and transplanted them to the lower section. But, not all the trees were relocated. Some are gone.”
The survival of Taman Rimba Kiara should be turned into a major election issue. It’s not just this green space we stand to lose. We need to stop put a stop to our vanishing public spaces including our green lungs.
Remember, the total fertility rate for Malaysia has fallen below the population replacement level of 2.1 children per couple, so we are not facing a population squeeze that warrants losing our open green spaces.