Case of missing materials

Mystery: An estimated 40 houses of the 100 Quarters along Jalan Chan Ah Tong and Lorong Chan Ah Tong were found to be missing their roofs.

WHO is taking apart Brickfields’ 100 Quarters?

That is the question plaguing Brickfields residents who say material from the former civil servants’ residence was being removed piece by piece.

Brickfields RT chairman S.K.K. Naidu said for the past month, many materials at the empty residences had been taken out.

“When the materials were being removed, we thought the authorities were in the process of cleaning up the place.

“But then we noticed that the trailers coming out of the area only had metal and wood.

“As there is a 2.4m hoarding around the area, the removal was not noticeable at first. Only when we saw pictures of the houses from an elevated area, did it became clear that the roofs were being removed,” he said, adding that the aluminium window frames were also removed.

“We estimate about 40 houses along Jalan Chan Ah Tong and Lorong Chan Ah Tong are affected.

“At this point, we are not sure who is responsible for this,” Naidu said.

The 100 Quarters were built in 1915 and consist of three rows of houses along Jalan Chan Ah Tong, Lorong Chan Ah Tong and Jalan Rozario in a prime location near the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

They were once the homes of employees of Malayan Railways or Keretapi Tanah Melayu. The KL Sentral integrated transport hub is located where the old railway depot used to be.

Currently, the land belongs to the federal government, but plans are afoot for Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) to develop the 100 Quarters.

The proposed project is part of a 2010 privatisation plan with the federal government in exchange for the development of Little India in Brickfields, Pines bazaar and the Ang Seng development.

The project, if approved, will consist of three blocks of 1,350 serviced apartments in 40-storey towers.

Meanwhile, a source said the land had yet to be transferred to MRCB and the project had yet to receive a development order from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

“As such, we are not authorised to carry out any work at the site. About three months ago, as per residents’ request, we put up the hoarding around the houses to prevent vandalism and vice activities,” he said.

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