S’gor govt urged to resolve land issues

Housing and Urban Settler Coalition members are hoping the state government can look into long-standing land and housing issues.

A COALITION of Selangor residents has taken the state government to task over some land and housing matters and submitted a memorandum to seek intervention in several long-standing issues.

The Housing and Urban Settler Coalition also demanded to meet with Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari within two months to discuss the issues.

Among the group’s concerns are land promised to estate workers in Dengkil and the eviction that dozens of families in Batu Caves are facing to make way for a development project.

Coalition representative Parameiswary Elumalai, who is also a Parti Sosialis Malaysia member, said the memorandum was sent to Amirudin’s secretary.

“Some of these issues have been highlighted to the state authorities before but have yet to be resolved,” she said.

Vasantha Dewi, 47, said some 70 former estate workers in Kampung Seri Tanjung, Dengkil, were still waiting for land that was promised to them.

“In the late 1980s, the state government said it would grant the land there to them, but this promise has yet to materialise.

“Some years ago, the matter fell through, and the state government said it would find replacement land instead.

“We have been given many different answers over the years from different mentri besar and district officers,” she said.

Awang Jusoh, 64, said 52 families in Kampung Sri Makmur, Batu Caves, were served an eviction notice early this year.

He said the families had settled in the area about four decades ago but it was now earmarked for development.

“Over the years, we have been served several eviction notices, with the latest threatening legal action against us if we fail to move.

“We heard that the land belongs to the state government but we are unsure what type of project is being planned here.

“We hope the state government can compel the developer to sponsor our moving and rental costs,” he added.

The memorandum, which was shared with StarMetro, also stated that the residents asked to be placed at Rumah Selangorku flats.

Coalition members had organised a peaceful demonstration in front of the state secretariat building in Shah Alam, holding placards and chanting slogans.

Also present at the protest were residents from Kampung Baru India in Pulau Carey, Kampung Bukit Kuda in Klang and Kampung Pinang in Hulu Selangor.

There were also former estate workers from Jalan Reko in Kajang and shoplot owners from Kampung Manikam in Bangi.

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