Thursday, April 5, 2012

Jln Sultan, Bkt Bintang inked POA

KVMRT have to update the latest dispute between Committee to Preserve Jalan Sultan and Jalan Bukit Bintang (PJSJBB) and MRT Corp on "signing an agreement with project owner MRT Corp to vacate their property".

The question is have they inked the deal with MRT Corp?

The answer is yes for Points of Agreement (POA) which was a step towards formulating a final binding mutual agreement (MA).

The POA terms which will be incorporated in the MA had included the withdrawal of any land acquisition plans by the government a guarantee that no existing building would be demolished the relocation of occupants for a maximum six-month period and the endorsement of land titles to state the existence of an MRT tunnel beneath the six properties.

Almost all of 21 lots in Jalan Bukit Bintang and 1 of 23 lots affected in Jalan Sultan have signed POA.

The committee co-chair Yong Yew Wei or Stanley Yong claimed "until today no landowner in Jalan Bukit Bintang Jalan Sultan or Jalan Inai has signed a mutual agreement They have only signed points of agreement POA which are not legally binding"

Their lawyers were still negotiating with MRT Corp over “a lot of conditions we find unacceptable ”

The issue of compensation was irrelevant until a social impact assessment to study the effect on the daily lives of up to 30 000 residents and a soil investigation report to ensure construction works will not damage property were completed.

KVMRT also quoted this saying from Stanley Yong in The Star article

On the proposed realignment to Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and the MRT Corp claim that it required the demolition of 29 buildings, Yong said, “Jalan Sultan is half the width of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock; if tearing down buildings of that magnitude is necessary on a much wider road, it would only be worse in the case of Jalan Sultan,” he said.

Did Mr Yong missed out the point? Lots that are demolished only for station entrance and air vent purpose. Other than that, buildings will not be touched.

As to the point of Jalan Sultan, MRT Corp said only UDA Ocean, Klang Bus Stand and Plaza Warisan will be demolished.

How can Mr Yong claimed that more buildings in Jalan Sultan would be taken down without studying the statement of MRT Corp.

Proposed Pasar Seni MRT station