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COMMENT | Bar hails court decision to protect Taman Rimba Kiara

COMMENT | It was reported on Jan 27 that the three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal, led by Mary Lim, unanimously decided that an order for a proposed development obtained in 2017 by the joint venture between Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) and private developer Memang Perkasa for the Taman Rimba Kiara project, is null and void.

As a result, the court found in favour of the appellants, comprising the management corporation of several condominiums in the park vicinity as well as property owners, and has halted the proposed development that would cause irreversible destruction to the ecosystem and the biodiversity of the flora and fauna in Taman Rimba Kiara.

The Malaysian Bar wholeheartedly welcomes this decision as it is a triumph for the community and lawyers involved, who have spent several years combating the decision of the High Court in order to preserve Taman Rimba Kiara as a public park and green lung for Kuala Lumpur.

The desire of the community to preserve the sustainable ecosystem motivated them to fight against commercial entities and governmental authorities, a fight in which they emerged victorious in the end...

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