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MRT Corp Seeks To Be Intervenor In Ampang Park Mall Case

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KUALA LUMPUR: Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) is seeking to be an intervenor in a judicial review application filed by 39 owners of business premises at Ampang Park mall.

The 39 are challenging the approval issued by Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory land administrators and another party over land acquisition for the Klang Valley MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya project.

Counsel Jason Ng Kau who represented the group told reporters after the case management proceeding before judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah in chambers today that his clients had instructed him to oppose MRT Corp’s application.

“The High Court would hear MRT Corp’s application on Thursday,” he disclosed.

He said the interim stay given by the high court on Jan 20 against the land administrators from possessing the land has been extended pending disposal of the intervenor application.

In the meantime, the owners could continue to operate their businesses at their premises as usual, he said.

On Jan 8, the 39 who hold strata titles to the premises filed an application for leave for judicial review, naming the Ministry of Federal Territories, government of Malaysia, director of Lands and Mines and Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur land administrators as respondents.

However on Jan 20, the group removed the Ministry of Federal Territories and the Malaysian government as respondents in the judicial review application.

The applicants are seeking a declaration that the Form D dated Aug 17, 2015 and Form E dated Oct 22, 2015 under the Land Acquisition Act 1960 issued by the two respondents were unconstitutional, illegal, null and void.

They also sought leave to commence judicial review proceedings to obtain a writ of certiorari to quash the approval and the High Court had on Jan 20, allowed them leave to challenge the decision.

Federal Counsel Haryati Ahmad acted for the two respondents.

— BERNAMA

 

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