Posted: 28 Jan 2011 08:00 AM PST
Article from NST, 25 January 2011
SUBANG JAYA: A six-member task force has been formed to be part of the negotiation, acquisition and fundraising process to buy over the 29.39ha Subang Ria Park.
Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, who heads the task force, announced that the members were Subang Jaya Residents' Association chairman A.S. Gill, Zone 1 councillor Dr Loi Kheng Min, lawyer Derek Fernandez, Wangsa Baiduri Residents' Association committee member Haneef Gordon and USJ Residents' Association member Premesh Chandran.
The members, she added, were approved and endorsed by Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who had called for the taskforce to be set up to acquire the SS12 park during a dialogue session earlier this month.
Three vastly different valuations were presented on that day. Subang Jaya Municipal Council's private evaluator's report said the land was worth RM165 million, the Town and Country Planning Department report valued the land at RM53 million, and an independent land evaluation study commissioned by Yeoh stated that the land was worth RM15 million.
During the session, Khalid said there had been no change to the land status which was classified as "recreational", and assured residents that no development would take place at the park for now.
Keeping the task force small at the request of Khalid, Yeoh said its members possessed diverse expertise and all aspects were covered.
Dr Loi, who is also Transparent International Malaysia secretary-general, will function to ensure that the process of fund collection was transparent. Fernandez will offer his knowledge on acquisition law while Premesh, a media practitioner, will take charge of publicity. [Note : Dr Loi is no longer secretary-general but he is still a member of Transparency International]
The residents will be represented by Gill and Haneef.
Yeoh said the task force's next course of action would be to seek an appointment with Sime Darby Property, the owner of the park, and begin the negotiation process.
"I will be writing to Sime Darby Property next week requesting for a meeting, where we will also table the valuation of Subang Ria Park that was done on our side.
"Once we agree on the amount, the state government will set up a fund. Residents can start contributing to the acquisition through a bank account and the amount is tax exempted," she said, adding that she expected the first meeting to take place after Chinese New Year celebrations.
Once a figure was agreed upon, Yeoh said they would have eight months to raise the money. Within the period, the sum raised must be at least one-third of the figure.
The state government has agreed to match the amount raised ringgit-for-ringgit, but Khalid had said it would not fork out more than RM50 million to buy the land.
Yeoh advised residents not to contribute to persons claiming to be part of the task force, and to wait until the bank account number has been announced by the state government.
The Selangor State Appeals Board will hear Sime Darby Property's appeal against the council's decision to reject its application to subdivide the land and title conversion.
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