Kampung Baru plan hits snag over acceptance by landowners, RM7 bil bill

The government plans to develop Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, into a commercial and residential centre.

PUTRAJAYA: Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa said the proposed development plan for Kampung Baru is still up in the air as only 61% of the landowners have agreed to it.

He said he was informed by Perbadanan Kampung Baru officers at a meeting today that the proposed development cost was about RM7 billion and the government could not pay the hefty price at this moment.

“This poses a problem as the information was not shared with the public previously,” he said in a Facebook video today.

Annuar said he had instructed his ministry to form a committee consisting of professionals in the legal, town planning and construction fields to look into the proposed development.

“I need more feedback from them on this complicated issue as we want to ensure the landowners can enjoy the development,” he said.

Former minister Khalid Samad had previously said the Pakatan Harapan government had offered the landowners RM850 per sq ft to buy back their land for redevelopment. He said the price was worked out by the Valuation and Property Services Department.

However, some landowners said RM850 was low compared to the price of land in the surrounding areas such as KLCC that is as high as RM3,000 per sq ft.

On a separate matter, Annuar also said the ministry had agreed to hand out financial aid amounting to RM600,000 to athletes and coaches who are unable to take part in the Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) games.

The games, scheduled for July, were called off by the youth and sports ministry last month because of Covid-19.

“We hope that this aid can give them some relief after they were not paid their two months’ allowances for training,” he said, adding that there were 700 athletes and 103 coaches in the federal territories.

Sumber: freemalaysiatoday