Education Ministry to appeal for Jalan Cheras apartment project to be halted


PUTRAJAYA 17 MARCH 2016. Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk P Kamalanathan di sidang media mengenai kelas Pupils on Language di Putrajaya. NSTP/AHMAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR


KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will be appealing to the city council to relocate a planned 27-storey service apartment next to SJK(T) Jalan Cheras here, to another suitable plot of land.

Its deputy minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said on Monday, Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Dr J. Loga Bala Mohan had asked for the project to be halted to allow for a study and dialogues among stakeholders to be conducted.

“I have requested City Council executive director (planning) Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd to enforce this directive as soon as possible for a depletion study to be conducted. The status of the construction, on a 0.76 acre land, will completely be based on the report.

“I understand that the residents as well as the school’s parent-teacher association (PTA) do not want this project to go on and would not want the school to relocate (due to this project),” he said at a press conference, here today.

Kamalanathan said he would be writing an appeal letter to Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor on the matter soon to consider relocating the 27-storey service apartment elsewhere by getting an alternative location for the developers.

The developer of the apartment had started their piling works for several months, he said, and the project was expected to continue for the next four years. “I hope we can find an amicable solution.

That’s my sole purpose here. The children should benefit from any development. We will continue to help the school but at the same time we want to have a happy ending for everyone,” he said.

Kamalanathan also confirmed that the government had allocated RM1.5 million to SJK(T) Jalan Cheras to build a two-storey building at its current car park to accommodate the increasing number of students in the future.

The building would be able to house 12 classrooms. The school’s PTA would be organising a peaceful protest outside of school grounds tomorrow (Wednesday) to show their dissatisfaction over the matter.

“That was a decision made by the Parent-Teacher Association. It’s something that I have no control over as it was an independent decision,” said Kamalanathan after touring the school grounds.

Source: New Straits Times