Annuar: 40 per cent of Kampung Baru landowners disagree with government bid to buy their land

On March 7, Annuar said he could not decide on Kampung Baru just yet and needed to be briefed on the matter. He however said that he should not be taking too long as he was a town planner by profession. Source (pic): TTF Files

اننوار موسى: 40 ڤراتوس ڤميليك تانه كامڤوڠ بارو تيدق ستوجو چادڠن كراجأن بلي تانه مريك

There is no funding to finance Kampung Baru’s mega redevelopment plans as of now, said Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

He said even if all landowners agreed to the government’s recent bid to buy out their land, this remained a fundamental concern.

Annuar who had met with the Kampung Baru Development Corporation earlier today said that only 60 per cent had agreed to the government’s bid.

“The other 40 per cent didn’t give consent, and if this remains so, it is a fundamental question that needs to be accounted for. We cannot do something others don’t feel comfortable with or agree to,” he said in his daily update on Facebook here today.


KUALA LUMPUR: There is no funding to finance Kampung Baru’s mega redevelopment plans as of now, said Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

He said even if all landowners agreed to the government’s recent bid to buy out their land, this remained a fundamental concern.




“There is no allocation or funding for the en-masse buy out of Kampung Baru land as of now. And even if everyone agrees to it, who will be the developers? We need close to RM7 billion of which at this point has not been decided on (how it would be sourced).”

He said this compounded the issues related the convoluted legal caveats related to Kampung Baru land proprietorship.

Annuar who had met with the Kampung Baru Development Corporation earlier today said that only 60 per cent had agreed to the government’s bid.

“The other 40 per cent didn’t give consent, and if this remains so, it is a fundamental question that needs to be accounted for. We cannot do something others don’t feel comfortable with or agree to,” he said in his daily update on Facebook here today.

He however said that many things had to be looked into thoroughly and there were still many views to be gathered on the issue which he deemed as “quite complex.”

“As I have said before, Kampung Baru is not an easy matter (to resolve) in terms of legalities and physical problems. When I was studying before, I did a thesis on it. The issues that were discussed 30 years ago academically continues to remain so.

“However, what is clear is that we need to do something that is appropriate to ensure that the land owners in Kampung Baru and the enclave itself enjoy progress at par with that of other places in Kuala Lumpur.”

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Annuar also said that there was a possibility that a committee made up of professionals in the field of law as well as experts in building and communications be set up to oversee the long-drawn issue of its redevelopment as there were “huge-communication problems” that were not shared with the public.

On March 7, Annuar said he could not decide on Kampung Baru just yet and needed to be briefed on the matter. He however said that he should not be taking too long as he was a town planner by profession.

Asked then if the project would be scaled down as it involved a buyout of 80ha of privately-owned land, Annuar had dismissed it saying “nothing is too large.”

The buy-out announced by his predecessor Khalid Samad was supposed to be finalised in June this year with a referendum based on the response from title holders whether to go ahead or otherwise.

Kampung Baru residents had, in early March, expressed their anxiety to the New Straits Times over the silence regarding the project since the political crisis began.

However, Kampung Baru Development Corporation chief executive officer Datuk Zulkurnain Hassan said the proposal including the survey on landowners was to go ahead as outlined earlier unless told otherwise.

So far Zulkarnain said 60 per cent of 5,359 landowners had said yes to the government buyout of RM1,000 per sq ft (a payout involving a maximum of RM850 in cash while the remaining RM150 is to be delivered in shares under a special purpose vehicle).

The redevelopment proposal involving 120ha of the Malay enclave has been thrown about since the early 1970s.

Last year, the government made its first formal offer to redevelop the enclave that involves 80ha of private land which is riddled with ownership and small estate disputes, as a whole.

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