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Thursday, 12 October 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Heated debate over status of vacant land in Ampang

A WAR of words erupted between two Ampang politicians over a land issue in Taman Muda, Ampang.

The situation got heated when a press conference by Pandan MCA chief Datuk Leong Kok Wee was “interrupted” by Teratai assemblyman Tiew Way Keng.

The press conference was called by Leong after traders objected to the construction of a single-storey commercial project on a previously vacant land at Jalan Tanjung 8B.

A notice board placed at the site does not have any information on the objection period.

Leong said traders from the Taman Muda morning market were to have been relocated there.

“This land has been reserved for a market in Pandan Indah and the traders have been waiting all these years.

“To have a private commercial project here is not fair to them,” said Leong, adding that Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) should be open about the project.

“If no stop-work order is issued, we will bring the matter to state level and even the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC),” he said.

However, Tiew refuted Leong’s claim and said it was private land.

“There has been no formal objection sent to MPAJ about the project.

“If it had been gazetted for a market, there would be a gazette number,” she said.

When contacted, MPAJ press relations officer Norhayati Ahmad said the land has been privately owned since 1980.

“An application for planning permission was sent in April this year and approved in June with conditions.

“There were no objections received by the council during that time,” she said.