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Government postpones land acquisition

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has decided to postpone the acquisition of 0.169ha of land in SJK (C) Chin Woo here.

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said the parcel, which belonged to the Government, was to be taken over by the Tourism and Culture Ministry on Sept 24.

“We are postponing acquisition of the land and after that date, no form of enforcement action will be taken,” he told reporters after opening Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka’s (DBP) 57th anniversary celebrations and launching DBP’s latest Malay-English dictionary and licensed products here yesterday.

In July, the ministry had stated that it wanted to take over the land to build a Cultural Village costing RM32.5mil under the auspices of the Kota Warisan Kuala Lumpur project.

However, the decision met with objections from various quarters, especially parents of students of the school, in view of the parcel having been converted into a basketball court since 1938.

As such, Dr Ali asked the parents to no longer worry about the issue and instead hold negotiations with the authorities.

“We still have room for negotiations involving the parents, the school management and the Federal Territory Land and Mines Office,” he said, adding that the negotiations could be held promptly but gave no timeline for a resolution.

Earlier, in his speech, Dr Ali said the use of Bahasa Malaysia in the civil service, education, finance, consumerism sectors and the mass media would be stepped up.

— BERNAMA

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