MRT Corp: Dismantling activities at Ampang Park shopping complex not done by us

In a statement, MRT Corp said it can only fully take over and guard the Ampang Park shopping complex after the process of land acquisition by the Land and Mines Department is finalised. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
In a statement, MRT Corp said it can only fully take over and guard the Ampang Park shopping complex after the process of land acquisition by the Land and Mines Department is finalised. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) has denied carrying out any activity at the Ampang Park shopping complex, including stripping off and dismantling of equipment and other work.

Director of Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations of MRT Corp Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah said although the firm would be taking over the shopping complex to build the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) line, the process of acquiring the land was on-going and not finalised.

“As the process of acquiring the land is not finalised, MRT Corp does not have the rights over Ampang Park and has no control over what is happening to the building nor any other activities there.

“The stripping of fixtures should not be happening as the process of acquiring the land has set the quantum of reimbursement to the owners including all fixtures and equipment in the building,” he said in a statement yesterday in response to reports on social media of activities being carried out at the shopping complex.

According to the statement, MRT Corp lodged a police report on Jan 3 about these activities and was concerned that these could endanger the public.

“We urge the authorities to take action to stop these activities and we are willing to cooperate with any partY,” said the statement.

It also said MRT Corp can only fully take over and guard the building after the process of land acquisition by the Land and Mines Department is finalised.

The land where the complex is located is being acquired to enable the construction of a tunnel and underground MRT station for the SSP line,  which will enable passengers to easily switch between the MRT SSP line and the LRT Kelana Jaya line.

Once completed, the SSP line is expected to serve 529,000 passengers each day.

The first phase between  Sungai Buloh and Kampung Batu is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2021 while the overall line is expected to begin operations by the second quarter of 2022. — Bernama

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