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 saveukayhts@email.com 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!

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AWAS! Danger Ahead!

February 2, 2007

In just a few days residents of Ukay Heights, Taman TAR and Dataran Ukay will lose their opportunity to register their protest of the massive and potentially dangerous development on the hill slopes between Taman TAR and Jalan Hulu Kelang. Some residents in the properties immediately adjacent to the area have received written notice from the local municipal council (MPAJ). However, many residents of Taman TAR and neighbouring areas still remain unaware of the proposal by MAA (Malaysian Allied Assurance) that promises to level the ridge and mar the landscape.

Letters objecting to the proposed development to need to be posted to MPAJ before 15th February 2007.

Reasons for the objection should include:

1. The project cannot be realized without breaking laws and regulations of the State of Selangor governing development of hill slopes.

2. Due to the steepness of the slopes and poor conditions of the soil, landslides have already occured in this area after heavy rainfall. Clearing of the vegetation will add to the instability of the slopes above and adjacent to our homes.

3. Insufficient notice and signage has been put up for the information of the residents of Ukay Heights, Taman Hijau, Taman TAR, Dataran Seri Ukay, Ampang Jaya and adjacent neighborhoods.

4. Although an EIA report was tabled, it is not readily avialable for public viewing.

5. Although there now exists a certificated survey plan located in the MPAJ offices, it is extremely difficuly for the residents to study the nature of the project and its effects on the neighborhoods with more accurate information.

6. There is no assessment done as to the increase in the current traffic and carrying capabilities of the existing roads.

7. MPAJ has failed to draw up a Local Plan for Ampang Jaya that incorporates the feedback and views of ALL of its residents.

If you’re concerned about your home, neighborhood and way of life, please take some action. The deadline for objections is 15th February. Get your neighbors to send in their objections, too.

SPECIAL THANKS to ampangsville@blogspot.com for help with these suggestions.