Monday, 8 May 2017

Taman Rimba Kiara

"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot"

~Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell~

Taman Rimba Kiara Photo Gallery

Taman Rimba Kiara is a beautifully landscaped public park located in TTDI. The land was formerly a private rubber estate which was later taken over by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur and has since been designated as a public space in the Kuala Lumpur Draft Plan 2020 (the park is also #2 on DBKLs list of public parks).

As with many other unfortunate daylight robberies that surround us, in 2014, a large portion of the park landed in the hands of Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) and is now a private property which is to be development into 8 blocks of concrete nonsense ...(refer fact sheet below, I wont waste my energy typing it out).

And DBKL has approved the plans of the development to move forward.

This decision will ultimately leave the existing residents of TTDI with a significantly compromised way of life due to the heavy impacts of the development also outlined in the fact sheet in the gallery below. This amazing fact sheet was prepared by the residents of TTDI, who are probably the last bunch of angry residents that DBKL would want to mess with. They are now in preparation to take legal action against DBKL. And I'm very excited to see what's to come! =P

To the general public reading this and any other articles that talk about communities fighting against developments to "save their backyard" and think that we should all just realize that progress is inevitable, let me just ask you this:

Who defines progress? There's no doubt progress is inevitable, but we, the people have a right in defining the progress and growth of our city. The Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 clearly states that "sustainable principles of neighborhood planning will result in better planned residences where community livability is not compromised."Isn't it our responsibility to advice our planners when we foresee our lifestyles being compromised?

While the journey of progress within out city often seems out of our control, we need to constantly remind ourselves that what we loose today - our green lungs, heritage and social identity - will never be experienced by our younger generations. This loss is immeasurable and should be worth the fight to save.

In this gallery you will find some simple photos taken during earth day celebrations and on regulars days at Taman Rimba Kiara.

Some events that have been held so far:

June 2016: Taman Rimba Kiara Development Protest #1
May 7th 2017: TTDI Residents Townhall
21th May 2017: Earth Day Celebration



The feeling of earth on your feet while you play kejar-kejar with your friends in the park really never does leave you (or maybe Im just emo but I hope you feel the same way). And most of all, I hope these kids get to remember that feeling.

June 2016: Taman Rimba Kiara Development Protest #1

Kids thoroughly enjoyed the Earth Day celebrations organized by TTDI Transition group. But this shouldn't be a one off. Taking your kid out to the park on any given Sunday could be just as fun =)

Teck Wyn shares about the biodiversity at Taman Rimba Kiara...home to birds of prey, at least 40 birds species and numerous native trees & plants.

Aisyah hanah shared her experience with the protest to save the Wangsa Maju Section 10 forest. The last green lung of Wangsa Maju Section 10 which has now been cleared and developed into high density developments.

The amazing show of support and solidarity by TTDI residents and users of the 
Taman Rimba Kiara Park.

Youth members of Power Shift Malaysia teaching by example that parks in the city can be used for more than just recreation. Trainings and meetings held in the outdoors are much more effective and therapeutic.


To find out more on how you can support this cause you may:

1. Check out what you can do in the fact sheet attached above

4. Volunteer or share your skills/ knowledge with the Transition TTDI group - more info on

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Razak Mansion

"Dewasa ini kita saling merayakan
kejayaan yang akhirnya membinasakan
Apalah gunanya kematangan fikiran
Bila dijiwa kita masih lagi muda dan mentah"

~Hijau by Zainal Abidin~

Razak Mansion Photo Gallery

Razak Mansion, a low cost housing development built in 1962 by Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak to accommodate an increase in population moving into the city during post independence years, will soon be demolished to make way for new developments as planned by current Prime Minister, Najib Razak. 

Razak Mansion is not merely an architectural icon in its aesthetics but is a success in the social and environmental aspects that architecture so often struggles with. A high level of community interaction can only be attributed to the large number of open spaces for children and adults and the close proximities allowed between each household, giving residents a "kampung halaman" feel where your neighbor is not merely a neighbor, but family.

With the loss of Razak Mansion and other successful low cost developments in Kuala Lumpur, one cant help but wonder - how will the architects of our future learn from the success of the past? Is it not clear to us that the root of a harmonious nation lies in the architecture of our upbringing? Is there room for the communal spirit of architecture to make a comeback when so few truly understand what it means to begin with?

The following photos of Razak Mansion portrays an almost abandoned building which now has its apartments slowly being emptied as the residents move to their new, high rise apartment down the road.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional photographer, just a sentimental citizen with a camera in hand. Kindly excuse the lack of photo quality =)

Leon Leong and Lisa Foo's Art Exhibition titled "Razak Mansion Inside Out" was showing at
Block 4 Unit 4047 of Razak Mansion to pay tribute to the Mansion and its dwellers.

Animals of Razak Mansion 01

Animals of Razak Mansion 02

Animals of Razak Mansion 03

Animals of Razak Mansion 04

Animals of Razak Mansion 05

Animals of Razak Mansion 06

Fencing for hoarding up and ready for demolishing schedule for May 2017

Razak City Residences - 658 three bedrrom apartments for the existing residents of Razak Mansion. 557 residents have been offered the units free of charge whilst the remaining 101 residents will receive the units at RM42,000 (source: TheStar).
Residents will receive units which are larger than their existing units.
But what they have lost is insurmountable.

Taman Rimba Kiara

"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot" ~Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell~ ---------------------------------...