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Hall status dispute remains unresolved

Goh (third from left) holding the letter from Gan as other Selayang MCA members look on.

Goh (third from left) holding the letter from Gan as other Selayang MCA members look on.

ABOUT 50 MCA members, including Kampung Dato’ Lee Kim Sai Village Security and Development Committee (JKKKP) representatives, gathered at Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nei’s service centre in Taman Bersatu, Rawang, yesterday to discuss with her about the Kampung Datuk Lee Kim Sai hall in Rawang.

Selayang MCA chief Datuk Goh Ah Ling said they were at Gan’s service centre to resolve the issue related to the status of the hall which also housed the local MCA branch office for 40 years.

“As an assemblyman, Gan should meet us but she refused and instead sent us a letter stating that she had rejected all of our proposals.

“Earlier, we had offered two solutions. If the state government wants to demolish the hall, it should compensate us with another piece of land to build our own hall.

“If the state does not agree on the first suggestion, we propose that they demolish the hall and build a new hall to be managed by the Kampung Dato’ Lee Kim Sai JKKKP, because the single-storey hall belongs to MCA.

“Its members collected RM40,000 to build the hall in 1978,” said Goh, adding that they would visit the service centre again next week to see Gan.

Selayang MCA Youth chief Chan Wun Hoong and Selayang MCA secretary Ryan Ng were also present.

Chan said it was important to put politics aside and look into the local community’s interest in resolving the hall issue.

On Monday, Gan said the state government had given Selayang MCA two weeks to move out of the disputed premises.

Gan said that the building was built illegally on state land and they failed to pay the premium in 2003, when it was offered by the state government then.

She added that since the land only had temporary occupation licence (TOL), the state had the right to repossess it without paying compensation.