'Sayangi Kuala Lumpur' they say. Those words are right there at their official portal and yet signs of demolition are erected at the city's very own gazetted green lung. Taman Rimba Kiara in Taman Tun Dr Ismail has been serving the people for years as a sanctuary where all walks of life come to jog, jungle trek, cycle and enjoy other recreational activities. Recently, there has been announcements that the park has to make way for condominium development.
|Save Taman Rimba Kiara|
Taman Rimba Kiara was zoned as an 'Open Space' area over 15 years ago and is Cabinet-approved Taman Awam Berskala Besar Bukit Kiara (TABB) for the public. Taman Rimba Kiara is designated as a green lung but somehow the developer has approval in principle from DBKL (subject to public hearing) to build not only residential but commercial lots that will raise the existing population ratio of 60 persons per acre to 979 persons per acre! Even if the project was to provide homes, are these condominiums affordable? What about the more needy community who are still living in makeshift long houses just adjacent to the park?
|The faces of those who care at the Taman Rimba Kiara protest on Sunday 26th June 2016|
I personally love parks. As a nature person, I take them as treasures inherited from Mother Earth. Parks are where I head to to shed weight and to rejuvenate from the tiresome weekday grind. Taman Rimba Kiara is one of my weekend destinations since I was in primary school. Nature reminds me that there is still sincerity in life. Plants earnestly play their role providing shade, food, oxygen and soothing landscapes throughout their existence. Then come humans with their bulldozers.
|If we do not care, who will?|
|Public park for rakyat|
The people's protest on Sunday 26th June 2016 at Taman Rimba Kiara itself gave me the opportunity to meet many like-minded people. By witnessing how they are willing to take time off their precious Sunday to join the movement, I felt that there is still hope. Some came even from Nilai to strengthen the people's voice.
|Placards made by protesters|
|I find this very true|
This is how 'Saya Sayangi Kuala Lumpur'
One hour of my Sunday sums up to nothing if the park survives for my children to learn cycling and to have walks with me. When was the last time you fought for something you strongly believed in?
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|Protesters gathering at Taman Rimba Kiara|
|People signing the petition to stop development of condominium|
|Notice at the park|
|Cannot imagine all these greeneries gone|
|The serene road to Taman Rimba Kiara|
|Trees providing shade and cool air|
|Where will our children go picnic if this park is gone?|
|Trees that existed for a long time|
|Large plots of grass|
|Where will our children play when this is gone?|
|Appreciating the beauty of nature|
|Showing the real meaning of 'Sayangi Kuala Lumpur'|
Pengarah, Jabatan Perancangan Bandaraya, Tingkat 7-10 Menara DBKL 1, Jalan Raja Laut, 50350 Kuala Lumpur
TTDI Residents Association:
Dewan Pusat Komuniti TTDI, Jalan Athinahapan, Taman Tun Dr Ismail 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Mr. Lim Lip Eng
Encik Suzaini bin Ahmad,
Ketua Penolong Pengarah,
Bahagian Pembangunan Tanah,
Pejabat Tahan dan Galian WPKL