Tuesday, August 5, 2008

MIC Finds Flaws In KL Draft Plan

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- The draft of the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020, which seeks to further develop the federal capital up to 2020, has some major flaws which needs to be rectified, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said, here Monday.

"The draft plan states that the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur has only about 160,000 Indians, which I find strange. We have some 80,000 registered voters in Kuala Lumpur.

"If one family had two children, then we have to multiply 80,000 by four. The figure will stand at 320,000 Indians.

"This is only an estimate based on the registered voters. What about unregistered Malaysian Indians?

"Obviously there are some things that should be set straight before the draft becomes a policy," he told reporters after attending a briefing on the draft plan by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur consultants at the MIC headquarters here.

He said the briefing, attended by all MIC division heads and office bearers, had clarified several issues that had been encountered by Indians living in the federal capital, which had about some 2.5 million people.

"We have studied the draft plan. We would submit our own recommendations on the plan to City Hall. Among the issues raised is the squatter migration to low cost flats, facilities at low cost flats, future and existing Tamil Schools and the fate of individual-owned land in Kuala Lumpur," he added.

The MIC chief also wanted City Hall to provide accurate figures and statistics concerning Indians in the draft plan, as those reading it could come to a fair and just conclusion and make appropriate recommendations.

"This plan charts the future of the city for the next 12 years. If we are not given proper facts and figures, then our recommendations would also be flawed.

"It would be better if Dewan Bandaraya tells us the exact figures and we work from there," he added.

The briefing was also attended by Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk M. Saravanan. The draft structure plan which involved proposals to guide the development of an area covering 243 square kilometres in Kuala Lumpur until 2020 would be gazetted after obtaining feedback from the public.


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