New Application, Same Destruction

August 28, 2007

 Malaysian Assurance Alliance Bhd have resubmitted their plans to clear the hills of Ampang. The notice of application is new but the plan is the same, which is to develop 149 bungalow lots and 460 units of 10 storeys offices on one of the last remaining hills on Jalan Ulu Klang.

This is a never-ending battle, and the constant resubmissions by the developer and numerous public hearings with MPAJ seem to be designed to wear us down. But let’s not give up. If the project goes as plan, it will forever change the landscape, beauty and tranquility of Ampang and Ulu Klang. It will disrupt lives, endanger those living along the hillslopes, add to traffic congestion on existing roads, and much more.

Though the MPAJ signboards gives a deadline of the 5th September 2007 to submit our objections, some residents have received their notices on the 14th August, thus with a deadline of 4th September, given the 21 days. Consequently we are advised that all written objections should reach the MPAJ’s Office by Thursday, 30th August 2007. For those who wish to use a sample letter, please write to for one.

Please submit your Objection Letter to MPAJ asap. They have given us very short notice. Please do not miss this chance! Act now!

3 Responses to “New Application, Same Destruction”

  1. Malaysian Says:

    There has been many attempts from different owners to build on this plot of rugged terrain for the past 20 years. It has not been feasible because of the direct dangers to the neighbours living along the bordering hillslopes. Why doesn’t the local government or the state of Selangor gazette these hills once and for all. Stop dumping more misery on the poor residents who have to endure this nonsense every few years. What is MPAJ trying to prove? They are well aware of each and every hillslope tragedy in this area! Can we get the Director to answer this question Please!

  2. CitizenAware Says:

    Sept 3, 2007
    Raja Nazrin, the Raja Muda of Perak said this in his public lecture. “The monarchies that have survived – and I include Malaysia’s among these – have done so because they have evolved in line with social progress and contribute to public life. “They have evolved by accepting the reality of, and placing themselves above, partisan politics,” he said. He said the monarchy contributed to public life by redefining its role to help in upholding justice, maintaining peace and resolving conflicts between contending parties.

    In his lecture, Raja Nazrin noted that development should instigate progressive change – in the way the economy generates and distributes value and wealth, the way public institutions serve their constituents, and the way the citizenry think, behave and act.


    He said the greatest enemy of development was apathy and indifference. “For the past 50 years, this has colloquially been known as the ‘tidak apa’ attitude. Every level of leadership in government, every educator, captain of industry, parent or private citizen who does not care about high standards being set and maintained is infected with this deadly virus. “And they condemn this country to a state of mediocrity. Indifference and apathy cause us to seek to achieve only the bare minimum.”

    It is interesting to note that MAA is associated to the Negeri Sembilan royal family.

    It is also interesting to note that support for the ‘residents against the development of hillslopes in Ulu Kelang’, are largely those who will be directly affected. Only a handful living outside the area cares. Typical Malaysian attitude.

    The developers, architects, engineers, specialists and construction team are all ready to start, bulldozers waiting to go. After all it is just another project to them. It is just another money-maker for the companies clamouring for projects in our economy. Is there a single one of them living in the area? What do they have to say when the concrete retaining wall in Zooview fell hundreds of feet and landed on top of the woman and her baby in their kitchen. I hope it was not ‘tidak apa’lah.

  3. Amit Guha Says:

    These multi storey building developments on such steep hills is pure stupidity.

    I was there on site very soon after Highland Towers fell – there was no chance of anyone being able to survive.

    At least with single or even double storey houses, it is possible for some to have a chance to survive a disaster. In the case of a multi storey building – NO Chance!!!

    Our planners must have their head screwed on wrongly – or its the greed for money that makes they treat other peoples lives so casually.

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