Residents cry foul as DBKL strips banners protesting condo
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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcers removed banners protesting a new development in Taman Desa while leaving promotional material for the offending project untouched, a residents group alleged.
The Protect Taman Desa group said eyewitnesses watched the enforcers in the process of removing the banners from public roads as well as on private property.
“It was reported that the enforcement officers not only pulled down the banners without warning, they had even entered condominium premises without obtaining prior permission or warrant to remove banners placed within the boundaries of condominiums,” the group said in a statement today.
Those who confronted the officers were allegedly told that the orders came from the top of DBKL, the group said.
Approximately 40 banners and posters were removed.
“Angry residents witnessing the removal of the banners were aghast to see that banners put up by property developers inviting the public for preview and pre-registration for projects which have not even been approved or launched were left untouched,” the group added.
DBKL enforcers later removed the promotional banners following a complaint by residents.
The Taman Desa residents are protesting against the development of The Address high-rise condominium that they say would increase the population density here tenfold.
Eleven residents have filed sued the KL mayor to stop the new condominium project.
They filed for a judicial review of the planning permission for the project with the Kuala Lumpur High Court in March, on the grounds that proper procedures were not followed, among others.