Saturday, January 29, 2011

Task force for Taman Subang Ria

Article from NST, 25 January 2011

SUBANG JAYA: A six-member task force has been formed to be part of the negotiation, acquisition and fundraising process to buy over the 29.39ha Subang Ria Park. 

Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, who heads the task force, announced that the members were Subang Jaya Residents' Association chairman A.S. Gill, Zone 1 councillor Dr Loi Kheng Min, lawyer Derek Fernandez, Wangsa Baiduri Residents' Association committee member Haneef Gordon and USJ Residents' Association member Premesh Chandran.

The members, she added, were approved and endorsed by Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who had called for the taskforce to be set up to acquire the SS12 park during a dialogue session earlier this month.

Three vastly different valuations were presented on that day. Subang Jaya Municipal Council's private evaluator's report said the land was worth RM165 million, the Town and Country Planning Department report valued the land at RM53 million, and an independent land evaluation study commissioned by Yeoh stated that the land was worth RM15 million. 

During the session, Khalid said there had been no change to the land status which was classified as "recreational", and assured residents that no development would take place at the park for now.

Keeping the task force small at the request of Khalid, Yeoh said its members possessed diverse expertise and all aspects were covered.

Dr Loi, who is also Transparent International Malaysia secretary-general, will function to ensure that the process of fund collection was transparent. Fernandez will offer his knowledge on acquisition law while Premesh, a media practitioner, will take charge of publicity. [Note : Dr Loi is no longer secretary-general but he is still a member of Transparency International]

The residents will be represented by Gill and Haneef.

Yeoh said the task force's next course of action would be to seek an appointment with Sime Darby Property, the owner of the park, and begin the negotiation process.

"I will be writing to Sime Darby Property next week requesting for a meeting, where we will also table the valuation of Subang Ria Park that was done on our side.

"Once we agree on the amount, the state government will set up a fund. Residents can start contributing to the acquisition through a bank account and the amount is tax exempted," she said, adding that she expected the first meeting to take place after Chinese New Year celebrations.

Once a figure was agreed upon, Yeoh said they would have eight months to raise the money. Within the period, the sum raised must be at least one-third of the figure.

The state government has agreed to match the amount raised ringgit-for-ringgit, but Khalid had said it would not fork out more than RM50 million to buy the land.

Yeoh advised residents not to contribute to persons claiming to be part of the task force, and to wait until the bank account number has been announced by the state government.

The Selangor State Appeals Board will hear Sime Darby Property's appeal against the council's decision to reject its application to subdivide the land and title conversion.


GBU said...

Hello YB

Good day

Your Twitter followers have reached 12,754 as at 5:50 pm today 30 Jan ... a mere 14 followers to add to achieve that of your buddy Nurul Izzah.

I ve been following your tweets some mths ago, it was then 8,000 + ...and have since increased daily...i mean daily..

Your tweets are among the most updated ones. Simple & small events and big incidents that illustrate your joy, sadness, wisdom, constructive character and strength ...
The relaxing one was in your tweet you said you overheard the sound of your neighbour's washing machine being in use due to (then) recent wet weather..- cute & relaxing lah.
Take care...most of all wish you to have a safe delivery in due course.....You want to shelter your little girl from public life .??...coz your opponents may sabotage yr personal life .leh....just as they did to Eliz Wong.

Anonymous said...

YB, the people of Subang Jaya is very lucky to have you. DAP should have more people like you, honest and hardworking not like those Tee Boon Hocks or Lee Kee Hiongs or Ronnie Lius.

YB, should go for a Parliament seat next round.

Anonymous said...

YB, thanks for the marvellous job you have done as an ADUN in Subang Jaya.
May I know were you a qualified lawyer last time?

ghkok said...

This is excellent news. It is slowly but SURELY moving in the right direction. The setting up of this TEAM is a historic development in the sense that seldom do we see such a collaborative approach amongst residents, as well as residents and State Govt, in tackling a major and seemingly intractable issue such as this. Well done, YB.