FOURTEEN families of Jinjang Selatan Tambahan have been asked to evacuate from their homes of more than 40 years to make way for a road project.
The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) ordered them to surrender their housing units with just a letter of guarantee that compensation would be given to them.
The letter, however, does not state what the compensation is and its quantum, just that the developer would compensate the residents later.
It is almost like asking the families to sign a blank cheque and then accept whatever is eventually given to them.
The families were issued the letter on March 25 asking them to move out by yesterday from their current housing units into the DBKL flats at Batu Muda in Jalan Ipoh.
The residents have refused to budge as they have been living there for more than 40 years, after being shifted there from their previous houses at Kampung Malaysia in Batu Caves.
Now, the DBKL wants them to move to make way for road project along Jalan Segambut.
“We have no idea who is the developer involved in the road project as no one has come to meet us yet,” resident Chris Ng said.
Ng,45, said that according to the DBKL records, only 14 families exist in the row of houses, but the actual fact was that there were 17 families.
“How can we move when we do not know what the compensation is? Don’t we need to agree to what we are being offered,” resident M. Selvamani, 37, said.
Selvamani said that orginally, the road project was supposed to be built about 20 metres from their houses but they had brought it closer due to the high tension electricity wires.
According to resident S. Subra-maniam, 39, they are categorised under the temporary occupation licence (TOL) and have been paying their assessment and taxes.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said that the DBKL had acknowledged that they were TOL residents and yet was treating them like illegal squatters.
“The letter does not make any sense at all. How can they guarantee something without even coming to an agreement of a compensation. Then it is not a guarantee letter,” said Lim, who is a lawyer.
Lim said that when he contacted the DBKL to extend the eviction date due to the lack of compensation, a letter was sent to him saying that both the DBKL and developer were studying the details of the compensation.
“They also said that they will not extend the date of the eviction and will take action against those who have not moved out,” he said.
Lim said his next move was to meet with the newly appointed Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin to discuss the problem.