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by elan perumal
Bleak: For the residents, this is a Deepavali they want to forget after being forced to observe the celebration in arduous conditions. — STARpic by S.S. KANESAN
IT WILL be a solemn Deepavali for the residents of Taman Permata, Dengkil as they gather on the eve today to light oil lamps in a symbolic gesture to make their plight be known to all.
As they light the oil lamps in the darkness of their tents, they hope their lives will change for the better and the Festival of Lights, which marks the victory over evil, will brighten their lives.
For most of them, this is a Deepavali they want to forget after being forced to observe the celebration in arduous conditions.
“By lighting the oil lamps, we hope to send out a loud and clear message to the authorities that we want a solution to our woes.
“None of us expected to be forced to celebrate the Festival of Lights in these conditions and we want to appeal to the state and Federal governments to not take our struggles lightly,” Taman Permata Residents’ Association secretary K. Ramadass said.
He said the residents, who had already been forced to live in tents for more than four months, found it hard to accept how they had to celebrate the festival this year and were still uncertain about the future.
“We have heard about a state government plan to offer us land where the Federal Government is supposed to build replacement homes for us,” Ramadass said, adding that the residents had not been given any notice in writing.
A total of 400 families had moved into the Taman Permata flats from four estates — Prang Besar, Sedgeley, Medengley and Galloway — in 1999 to make way for the development of Putrajaya.
It was reported earlier that the former estate workers were promised link houses but got flats instead.
On June 22, StarMetro reported that they had to put up tents in the carpark after the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSp) declared the flats unsafe for occupation.
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