Resident association group urge government to curb urban overdevelopment in Kuala Lumpur

Selamatkan Kuala Lumpur (SKL) is a movement comprising residents' associations from different parts of Kuala Lumpur, advocating for sustainable city planning which protects our communities, the environment and our future. — Picture courtesy of SKL
Selamatkan Kuala Lumpur (SKL) is a movement comprising residents' associations from different parts of Kuala Lumpur, advocating for sustainable city planning which protects our communities, the environment and our future. — Picture courtesy of SKL

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — A movement comprising residents’ associations from different parts of Kuala Lumpur advocating for sustainable city planning has urged the government to act against overdevelopment in the city.

Selamatkan Kuala Lumpur (SKL) chairperson Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman listed out four key platforms for the foundation of sustainable growth and development.

“The four platforms are democratising our city councils, ensuring effective community participation, protecting our urban green and public spaces, and gazetting and enforcing a local plan,” he said in a statement.

Abdul Aziz said rampant development in the form of multiple high-rise projects has caused problems such as overpopulation, traffic congestion, the shrinking of green and open spaces, flash floods, air pollution, and climate change.

“We want KL to be a liveable city and believe these four key platforms are the foundation for sustainable growth and development,” he said.

He added SKL also participated in the 9th World Urban Forum held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and raised their concerns to pressure authorities to enforce stricter measured against the matter.

He said a representative local government whose members were elected by the people will ensure an inclusive, participatory leadership as citizen participation helps to ensure transparent and democratic approaches.

“Community input ensures community needs are incorporated and allows for more holistic development.

“There is urgent need for an immediate publication of an approved Local Plan of the City,” he said.

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