Former Bukit Jalil Estate workers given one week to vacate their homes

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 09 May 2019

Arutchelvam (right) briefing residents who had gathered to protest their eviction.

THE remaining 41 families in Bukit Jalil Estate, who received eviction notices from the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office, say they have nowhere to go.

In the notices, dated May 6 and 7, the residents were given one week to vacate their homes at Batu 6 1/2 Jalan Puchong, Kuala Lumpur.

Parti Sosialis Malaysia secretary-general S. Arutchelvam said the residents had lived in the estate since the 1940s.

The estate, as well as the neighbouring Kinrara Estate, was managed by Kinrara Estate Group back then.

“In the late 1970s, the government took over Bukit Jalil Estate, while Kinrara Estate was sold to a private company for a housing project.

“The affected families in Kinrara Estate were given a house each.

“Most of Bukit Jalil Estate was developed in the 1990s. The remaining residents are the original estate workers and their descendants.

“If a private company can build houses for families in Kinrara Estate, why can’t the government do the same for Bukit Jalil Estate residents?” Arutchelvam questioned.

He said residents had asked for terrace houses to be built at the original site. They had also requested that their temple, cemetery and a now-abandoned school to be preserved.

Resident K. Balakrishnan said the families had declined PPR units as well as RM85,000 in compensation offered to them on two occasions.

“We want to continue living here. The money offered is not enough to buy a landed property.”

Chelli Ramasamy, 80, a former rubber tapper, said she had not lost hope of getting a new house one day.

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