Residents protest against construction of condo main entrance facing their lane

Yong speaking to reporters at the site.

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Oct 24: Residents from Lorong Stampin Tengah 5E are appealing to the state authorities to disallow the construction of Royal Richmond Gold condominium’s main entrance which is allegedly not according to the original plan.

Speaking on behalf of the affected community today, Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong said the condominium project’s original entrance as approved by the authorities was suppose to face the main road which is Jalan Datuk Bandar Mustafa.

There are about 57 houses in the affected area, which have existed for about 15 years.

“As you can see at the construction site, the main entrance with guard house is now facing Lorong Stampin Tengah 5E. In 2016, the residents had come out to oppose it. The developer told them that this entrance is supposed to be used as an emergency entrance only.

“But if you look at it now, it does not seem to be an emergency entrance because for emergencies, normally, you don’t build your guard house in the middle of the entrance,” Yong told reporters as she pointed at the entrance, today.

She alleged that it appeared the developer is planning to convert the entrance at Lorong Stampin Tengah 5E into the main entrance for the condominium.

Yong emphasised that the residents are not being unreasonable, but feel that since there is already an access point from the main road, therefore the original plan should be maintained.

“To these residents, it is an intrusion of their rights from enjoying peace in their area. The current Lorong Stampin Tengah 5E is a small road and with only 57 houses, and the traffic and number of cars are reasonable.

“The state government should not allow the developer to make this side the main entrance which will cause more vehicles to enter a residential area. This condominium has about 150 units. If each unit has two cars, means there will be 300 cars using this lorong.

“To make matters worse, the developer will destroy certain parts of this area’s landscape because they will have to widen the road, and this is unacceptable to the residents here,” she lamented.

She later assured the residents that she will convey their message to the Land and Survey Department and State Planning Authority, and arrange for a dialogue session to be held between the residents and the developer.

“We would like to urge the state government to take into consideration the predicament or worries of the residents here. A caring government should not always take the side of the developer. They should come to a win-win situation to make sure that the rights of the residents will not be intruded upon and at the same time, also allow any development to proceed,” Yong said. — DayakDaily