Saturday, January 08, 2005

Ampang Jaya needs a Local Plan

If you are concerned about the planned development in the Ukay Heights and Taman TAR area, as well as development throughout the Ampang area, please copy, print, sign the letter below (don't forget to include your full name and contact information) and post to MPAJ and cc. to Menteri Besar Selangor and the Minister at the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (addresses provided below).

Since not everyone is connected to the Net, we hope you will make more copies of the letter to share with your neighbors and other Ampang residents. If you are renting, we hope you will pass this information to your landlord and urge them to send the letter.

Thank you for your concern and action.


8 January 2005

Yang DiPetua
Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya
Menara MPAJ
Jln. Pandan Indah
55100 Kuala Lumpur.


RE: No Further Developments in Ampang Until Completion of Ampang Local Plan

We are writing over our concern regarding a proposed development scheme on several acres/hectares (actual size uncertain due to lack of information) behind the Ukay Heights and Taman TAR residential areas.

As a resident in Ampang, we are concerned over the large size of the project, the huge social and environmental impacts the project will likely have.

But of greatest concern is the lack of information available to the vast majority of the residents and communities surrounding this development, the lack of government initiative to inform the residents, get our feedback, and plan this and other projects based on our feedback.

Some residents have asked to view the Local Plan for Ampang, but we understand that no such plan exists. We thought a Local Plan was required under the Town and Country Planning Act. Futher, we thought community participation in the creation of this plan was critical – under both the Town and Country Planning Act, and under Agenda 21 Selangor.

Finally, as tax payers and voters, we hope our feedback will not only be sought, but also adhered to when MPAJ undertakes the development of our community – enhancing the quality of life through planned, sustainable development (which includes conservation and social impacts).

We therefore insist that before the said development in the Ukay Heights/Taman TAR neighborhoods, as well as other areas in Ampang area occur, MPAJ carry out a Local Plan that incorporates the feedback and wishes of ALL of its residents.

We anxiously await your urgent reply to this matter.





Y.A.B. Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor
Pejabat Menteri Besar Selangor
Tingkat 21, Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah
40000 Shah Alam

YB Dato’ Menteri
Kementerian Perumahan & Kerajaan Tempatan
Aras 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7, Pusat Bandar Damansara
50782 Kuala Lumpur