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Ampang Park Owners Fail In Bid To Challenge Land Acquisition

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KUALA LUMPUR: Some 62 registered strata title owners of Ampang Park Shopping Centre have failed in their judicial review bid to challenge the validity of the intended compulsory land acquisition for the construction of the MRT Line 2 project.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Hanipah Farikullah held that the Malaysian Government has acquired the land for the MRT project within the statutory provisions of the law.

“The acquiring of the land (for the MRT project) by the Government is a valid action. It is in accordance with the Land Acquisition Act,” said Justice Hanipah after hearing lengthy submissions by parties over the preliminary objection and merits of the judicial review.

Among others, Justice Hanipah said the area of the land to be acquired by the Malaysian Government was meant for efficiency of the MRT project and for safety reasons.

“There is no evidence that there is bad faith on the part of the respondents, the Government or the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) over this project. It is a matter for public purpose,” she said.

She said the provisions in the National Land Code and the Strata Titles Act 1985 were also very clear over the acquisition of such land.

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