Jinjang Selatan folk receive welcome news

(From second right) Ponampalam, Yee and Woon with JST residents in front of Lot 26640 where their new homes will be built.

JINJANG Selatan Tambahan (JST) residents are relieved after receiving good news on the first day of the new year.

Speaking to the media at a press conference, Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping said the residents had received feedback from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) regarding a memorandum they sent on Sept 13,2019.

A letter issued by DBKL Economic, Planning and Development Department director Azmi Abdul Hamid stated that a block of flats would be built at Lot 26640 in Jinjang Selatan Tambahan to relocate eligible JST residents.

Some 350 families have also been allowed to stay put in their homes until the promised units are ready.

Construction work has begun, including site cleaning and provision of access point for the purpose of continuing pile work.

The development is expected to be completed in November 2023.

Speaking on behalf of the residents, JST Social Development Association (PPSJST) vice-president Woon Yeow Pin said he was grateful over the news.

Also present was JST Permanent Housing Resolution Committee chairman A. Ponampalam.

Yee said the residents handed the memorandum to the Kuala Lumpur mayor’s office at Menara DBKL, Jalan Raja four months ago over the delay of low-cost flats project in their relocation plan.

“We have been looking forward to this great news from DBKL regarding the promised housing replacement for JST residents.

“I am happy with DBKL’s decision to help these families and ensure that they do not need to move out from their homes in the meantime.

“I hope the government and the relevant authorities will continue to engage with the residents and hear them out, ” he added.

As reported in StarMetro on Sept 30,2019,138 houses in the settlement were demolished in 2017.

The developer promised first-generation families an ex-gratia settlement of RM1,000 as a one-off payment, a free 900sq ft low-cost unit and a monthly allowance of RM700 until the new housing was ready.

There was also an agreement offering a RM3,000 one-off sum as well as an 800 sq ft affordable housing unit at RM200,000 to the second-generation families.

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