Nama premis: Surau Dang Wangi (telah berdiri selama 90 tahun)
Tukang Roboh: Trans Resources Corporation Sdn. Bhd (n/a)
Tukang Subahat Roboh: Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (Islam)
Peguam Sokong Roboh1: Nurhani Salwa Jamaluddin (Islam)
Peguam Sokong Roboh 2: Mohd Azahari Abd Hanif (Islam)
Plaintif (Penghalang Roboh): Rakyat Marhain
Peguam Halang Roboh 1: A. Vishnu Kumar (Hindu)
Peguam Halang Roboh 2: Suraj Singh (Sikh)
Hakim Halang Roboh: Datuk Tee Ah Seng (Buddha)
Negara kejadian: Malaysia Islam Hadhari
Developer wants restriction on surau lifted
KUALA LUMPUR: A developer has applied to set aside an interim injunction obtained by the committee members of the 90-year-old Surau Dang Wangi near Jalan Ampang here to stop the mosque from being demolished.
Trans Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd said there was no reason for the 13 committee members to ask for the injunction since a new surau would be built on the site.
The developer said the group had no locus standi to sue it and the other two defendants, namely the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and the Federal Land Commissioner, because the new surau would benefit others as well.
The developer was also worried that the committee members would not be able to pay damages for the delay in construction works.
Mais has also applied to strike out the main suit, saying that the action was irregular as well as null and void.
It said that it had been wrongfully named as a defendant in the suit as it had already transferred the ownership of the land upon which the surau was built to the Federal Land Commissioner in 2004.
In the main suit filed on May 7, the committee members claimed that they represented more than 2,000 people who pray at the mosque every Friday.
On May 8, High Court Justice Tee Ah Sing granted an ex-parte injunction to the group.
Yesterday, Justice Tee extended the interim injunction order till July 3 pending hearing of the applications by Mais to set aside the injunction.
On that day, the judge is also expected to hear an application by the group for an inter-parte injunction pending the disposal of the main suit.
In the suit, the plaintiffs claimed that the surau was located in the city centre and was a recognised landmark and religious centre as well as a heritage building.
Remember TRC Synergy Bhd? The construction company involved in the Sultan Mahmud airport extension works and the recent news on the stranded airline passengers in Kuala Terengganu caused by inoperable runway lights, and of course, the delayed flight departure for the King, for the same reason.
Well, TRC is in the news again. This time, it’s in K.L. and it concerns a ninety year old surau situated near the Dang Wangi police station.
” Committee members of the 90-year-old Surau Dang Wangi near Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur has obtained an interim injunction from the High Court to stop the authorities from demolishing the mosque.
The 13 committee members represent more than 2000 people who pray at the mosque every Friday.
In their suit filed on Monday, they named developer Trans Resources Corp Sdn Bhd, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and the Federal Land Commissioner as defendants.”
“The order is valid until May 22 when the main application for a full injunction will be heard.”
There is no denying that urban renewal projects are aplenty within the metropolitan K.L. city area with old structures giving way to new ones to accommodate pressing needs. The Dang Wangi new IPD is one such requirement as it will facilitate police enforcement in the city centre.
On the other hand, in the pursuit of the almighty ringgit, holistic development was not factored into the overall planning. TRC must have submitted the design to the government for approval prior to construction works, therefore, they would have been aware of the presence of the surau and it’s significance.
It was also reported that the surau committee wrote to the defendants last month and last week seeking to resolve the matter amicably but the effort was to no avail.
Are we looking at “Big Government/Big Business” riding roughshod over the “little people” with the latter’s only ‘crime’ is in the pursuit of faith.
We know the government, I think. So, who is TRC?
TRC Synergy Bhd (413192-D)
– Capital structure – RM500,000,000.
– Paid up – RM133,182,847(as at 3/03/07).
TRC International Pte Ltd (LL04510) – 100%
TRC Infra Sdn Bhd (645178-P) – 90%
Trans Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd(120265-P) – 100%
Total book order value as at 10th May ‘07 – RM1.103 billion
Company motto – As one with the nation.
Stranded airline passengers. Stranded worshippers, next.