MALAYSIAN Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) has offered to beef up security around the 100 Quarters in Brickfields to deter any suspicious activities there.
During a meeting with Brickfields residents yesterday, MRCB Group chief operating officer Mohd Imran Tan Sri Mohamad Salim said subject to the government’s approval, they would assist in enhancing security measures at the site.
“Residents were under the impression that MRCB is the landowner and we were carrying out clearing works.
“This is not the case as the land has yet to be transferred to us under a privatisation agreement with the Federal Government.
“Once we have honoured all our obligations, only then can the land transfer process start. In the meantime, the land and buildings still belong to the Property Management Division (BPH) of the Prime Minister’s Department,” he said.
Imran added that MRCB was willing to enhance security measures, such as having security guards at the site.
“We can have security checkpoints around the hoarding with full-time guards to keep an eye on the place.
“MRCB will send a letter to BPH and if approved, we will coordinate with them to improve security,” he said, adding it would take at least a week to set up the enhancements.
StarMetro recently highlighted residents’ concerns that salvageable material at the former civil servants’ residence were being removed piece by piece.
Former 100 Quarters resident and Brickfields RT Sector C chairman Mohd Zikri Ramli said he had noticed wood and metal materials being removed from the empty houses over the past month.
“All this time, we thought that MRCB was preparing the area for demolition. But, it is only now that we found out it still belongs to BPH.
“We do not want to point fingers, but we need to know who and why they are removing these materials,” he said.
Tamil Methodist church Reverend Justin Clarance said he had noticed trailers collecting materials from the site in the wee hours of the morning.
“If BPH had actually contracted someone to carry out clearing works, the timing of the removal works seems suspicious. Why work at 2am or 3am?
“About 50% of the houses have had the roofs removed, while the copper wiring as well as metal and stainless steel materials from all the houses are gone.
“Even the 100-year old hardwood used for the roof structures have been removed,” he 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 Malayan Railways or Keretapi Tanah Melayu employees. 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 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 with 1,350 serviced apartments in 40-storey towers.