FT Land Office: DBKL will discuss with Kebun-Kebun Bangsar

In February 2020, the Community Urban Farm received a final notice from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to remove its pets. — Photo by Facebook/Kebun-Kebun Bangsar

By Ashman Adam

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 9:50 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 29- The City Hall (DBKL) will meet with the operators of Kebun-Kebun Bangsar (KKB) to resolve the eviction notice issued due to, among other things, unauthorized keeping of livestock in the community garden, have declared the Federal Territories Bureau of Lands and Mines (PPTGWPKL).

PPTGWPKL Director Datuk Muhammad Yasir Yahya reiterated that farm animals and permanent structures banned from the site are violations of the Temporary Occupation Permit (TOL) issued to KKB as a nursery.

Such actions have led to multiple complaints being filed against the community farm by locals, he added.

However, he indicated that discussions between the operators of KKB and DBKL will take place soon to ensure that activity on the site complies with the conditions of the TOL.

“Therefore, further discussions will take place in the near future between community farmers and DBKL, as the coordinator of all urban agriculture projects in the federal territory of Kuala Lumpur under the local Agenda 21 program ( LA21).

“This is to ensure that every activity carried out on government land meets targeted objectives and at the same time continues to comply with all set conditions,” he said in a statement today.

Yasir said that the PPTGWPKL has consistently supported and encouraged urban agriculture initiatives in the capital, but these must always adhere to the conditions that are set.

In February 2020, the Community Urban Farm received a final notice from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to remove its pets.

At the time, KKB co-founder and landscape architect Ng Sek San responded to the notice in a post highlighting the role animals play in the community farm, saying they not only educate people on the relationship between animals and nature, but also emotional support for children.

Yesterday, KKB posted an image of the final eviction notice on social media stating that the decision was final and not subject to appeal.

The community farm which is open daily, including holidays, is run by volunteers and grows a variety of vegetables, fruits, flowers and even has a rice paddy.

The eight-acre linear green garden was founded in 2017 and is non-commercial, with its produce donated to the underprivileged and soup kitchens.

Gregory M. Roy