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Friday August 7, 2009

Couple who lost daughters in Ulu Yam tragedy seeking over RM1mil in damages

SHAH ALAM: A couple is suing a developer, the Selangor government and three others after their two young daughters were buried alive in their Ulu Yam bungalow in a landslide last November.

Firefly pilot Roslan Mohd Jani, 49, and his wife Azizah Madon, 43, filed a negligent suit against developer SAP Ulu Yam Sdn Bhd, engineering consultant SLP Perunding Sdn Bhd, owner of the housing property Yayasan Selangor, the Hulu Selangor District Council and the Selangor government at the High Court civil registry here on Wednesday.

They filed the documents through their lawyers Dr Mohd Rafie Mohd Shafie and Jamil Mohamed Shafie.

In their statement of claim, the couple stated that they lost their daughters, Nur Athirah, 16, and Nurintan Shereena, nine, and their property in Hulu Yam Perdana, Ulu Yam, Selangor, due to the defendants’ negligence.

They claimed that the defendants failed to ensure that the development of the property and surrounding areas were safe and would not cause landslides like the one which occurred on Nov 30, last year.

The couple said they bought the land for RM132,000 from the developer through a sale and purchase agreement dated Sept 28, 1995.

Roslan said he entered into an agreement with Petronas on April 4, 1996 to secure a RM128,961 loan to pay for the property.

The father of six said he took another loan for RM340,384 to build a bungalow on the land.

They are seeking RM450,000 in damages for the loss of their home, RM132,000 for the land, two cars and imported glassware, spoons, pots, furniture and other household items worth RM486,500.

They are asking for RM20,000 for bereavement and RM5,000 in funeral expenses, interests, costs and any further relief deemed fit by the court.

Dr Mohd Rafie said he had issued a letter of demand dated July 17 to the defendants over the landslide incident but did not get any response.

Roslan told reporters that he and his wife suffered emotional and physical stress after the home they had lived in for seven years was ruined in the tragedy.

“We were asleep when the landslide occurred at 5.30am and took the lives of my daughters,” he said.

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