DBKL urged to expedite residents’ relocation to PPR Seri Aman

Families who lost their homes in a fire on April 13, carefully comb through the remains looking to salvage their belongings. - ONG SOONG HING/The Star

SOME 33 families in Jinjang Utara Tambahan (C), Kepong are appealing to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to deliver on its promise to provide housing units in nearby PPR Seri Aman.

The residents have been staying on the land — part of which is Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) reserve land and the other belonging to the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (Mawip) — for the past 40 years.

They claimed that they were supposed to sign documents with DBKL in January 2020 that would allow them to relocate to PPR Seri Aman, but this was put on hold after the changes in Federal Government and the implementation of the movement control order due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A resident, Song Chau Cheong, 49, said he and his neighbours were worried that the 33 units that had been identified at the PPR earlier would no longer be available.

“We do not understand why there has been a delay. We were about to sign the documents, ” he said.

Meanwhile, three families in the community lost their homes and personal belongings due to a fire on April 13.

Nurse T. Parameswari, 32, said her family of six had been living at the Jinjang Utara community hall since the incident.

“We lost everything in the fire, including personal documents and certificates.

“We are grateful that the Welfare Department came to give us some essential items. But we are stuck as we do not have anywhere else to go.

“We hope that DBKL will expedite PPR units for us, ” she said, adding that her family had been living in the area for 33 years.

Residents Chai Kim Ho, 68, and K. Rajamony, 60 said they were forced to stay with friends and relatives since the fire.

“I have lost everything, including old photo albums, ” said Chai, adding that she had been living there for almost 20 years.

Rajamony said his canopy business had literally gone up in flames.

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng questioned the delay by DBKL in rehousing the residents.

“We urge DBKL to proceed with the original relocation plans, as the residents have been in limbo for the past two years.”

Lim, who organised a press conference to highlight the residents’ plight, also handed out RM5,000 to each of the families affected by the fire.

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