PHEB chairman Dr P. Ramasamy said the state wants to acquire
the 2.4ha land to build low-cost housing for the evicted families as well as many other low-income families in the area.
He said there are also three
temples on the land.
“The market price for the land
is about RM2mil. If the owner is seeking a higher price, we are
willing to meet and finalise on a win-win deal.
“The state will not tolerate any move to tear down houses of poor families and temples in the name of a legal directive,” he told reporters after a dialogue session with the villagers on Thursday.
Ramasamy said they held talks with the landowner after the
residents were first served with
the eviction notices in February.
He said during the negotiation, the landowner, who bought the estate land for about RM1mil a few years ago, had expressed intention to sell it to the state.
“Everything was then put on hold during the movement control order. And now, residents are
suddenly served with another
bailiff order from the court to evict by Thursday,” he said.
Ramasamy said since the owner had not obtained approval to
conduct any earth work under
the council’s Town and Country Planning Act 1976, any demolition work will not be allowed.
Established over a century ago, the village is home to about 100
villagers, most of them low-income earners, who live in the estate
surrounded by oil palm trees.
Present were Sungai Bakap assemblyman Dr Amar Pritpal Abdullah, Bagan Dalam assemblyman M. Satees and Seberang Prai City councillor David P. Marshel.
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