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Residents fume over acquisition notices on trees Print E-mail
Monday, 21 February 2011

The Sunday Star
by Jayagandi Jayaraj and Yuen MeiKeng

KUALA LUMPUR: Some Taman Tun Dr Ismail residents are unhappy over the way the Land Public Transport Commission (LPTC) issued notices informing them that their land is likely to be acquired for the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Project.

They claimed they only stumbled upon the notices dated Feb 10, stuck randomly on trees and lamp posts along the streets on Thursday.

S. Bahari, 58, said LPTC should have sent the notices directly to those who were likely to be affected by the project.

“It is a multi-million ringgit project and there are many properties which are going to be affected.

“Is this how LPTC communicates with us?” he said.

Another resident, C.T. Teoh, questioned the way LPTC had chosen to inform the public about the proposal to acquire their properties.

Senior lawyer Roger Tan said there was nothing wrong in law in the manner the notices were posted.

“Under the Land Acquisition Act 1960, the Government can give public notice of possible land acquisition by posting it on public notice boards in the area,” he said yesterday.

He said the land acquisition must commence within two years from the date the notice was gazetted, or it would be rendered invalid.

LPTC, in a statement, said it was obtaining public feedback on the SBK line and the process would go on for the next three months.

“We understand the people’s concern regarding land acquisition and hope to minimise it as far as possible,” it said.

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