SEGAMBUT: Residents of Kampung Segambut Permai in Kuala Lumpur want the government to give them a permanent housing in exchange for vacating their current home.
On Dec 9, residents were told to vacate the land by a private company which owned the land.
It was reported that the Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad told the company to give a duration of two weeks to find temporary housing for the 33 affected families.
Residents were then offered temporary housing at the Public Housing Project (PPR) and Public Housing (PA) around the city by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
Residents said that they needed to vacate the area by next Monday (Dec 23).
Resident Tajul Anuar Tajudin, 48, said residents were only allowed to stay for six months in the temporary housing.
"We were told that we could reapply after that period expired but there was no guarantee that our application would be approved.
"This uncertainty is of great concern to us. We hope the relevant authority could look into it and provide us with a permanent housing instead," he said.
He hoped the matter could be resolved amicably between all parties involved.
Another resident Nurul Nadia Mohd Johar, 35, who was offered a PA unit in Bandar Tun Razak, said the temporary housing was far from her workplace and children's school.
"It would be a great hassle for me to commute to work and for my children to go to school every day," she said.
"Most of our belongings were still in my house as my family was uncertain if we should move," she said when met during a press conference held at a local surau on Friday (Dec 20).
Mohd Nazeem Sultan Mohamed, 36, hoped the government could offer a "rent-and-buy" unit to the residents.
He added that only 25 families were offered temporary housing by DBKL.
"Eight families were unable to get a unit because they did not fulfil the requirement by DBKL.
"Some were because their married spouses were not Malaysian citizens and some were because they exceeded the minimum income requirement by DBKL," he said.
Mohd Nazeem said the private company told residents that it had no obligation to compensate them.
The settlement was formerly known as Kampung Ayam and was opened by the residents for occupation in the 1960s.
Mohd Nazeem said the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) had a leasehold ownership over the land in 1981, after which it transferred the ownership to a private company in 2012.
A meeting to discuss the matter was held by the Segambut Permai Umno branch then.
"However, not all residents were informed about the meeting and were unaware of what transpired in the meeting," he said.
It was learned that the houses did not have a grant.
On Dec 9, the private company gave an eviction notice to the village and tried to carry out a demolition exercise but it was stopped by residents.
StarMetro was informed that Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh and a representative from the ministry came to resolve the stand-off.
StarMetro is in the process of getting comments from the private company and the relevant authorities.
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