Pasar Sentul squatters face an uncertain future

THE Pasar Sentul squatters are facing a dilemma as they are living on private land and have no where to go.

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) can only relocate squatters on government land with immediate effect.

Others living on private land will have to apply and wait for low-cost flats to be available.

In a press statement, DBKL corporate communication manager Anwar Mohd Zain said the responsibility of relocating the squatters is the land owner’s.

“However, the squatters can contact the DBKL housing department to update their applications for the low-cost flats,” the statement issued on July 27 read.

It also stated that applications are subject to review and approval based on their terms and conditions.

The Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) land and property department as well as the corporate communications department personnel visited the squatters along with MIC Batu Youth leaders recently.

A spokesperson for KTMB said it only managed the land for Railway Asset Corporation (RAC) and that only RAC could make a decision on the squatters.

However, he added that the company did not have allocations to relocate the squatters.

“We have no intention of evicting them for now. The low-cost units we are building opposite the market is reserved for KTMB workers under the KTMB Village,” said the spokesperson.

He, however, urged the squatters to write to KTMB asking for a meeting with the management and DBKL.

“We would definitely support their collective decision to move if that is what they want but KTMB cannot provide financial aid as we do not have provisions forthis,” said the spokesperson.

The residents are now collecting signatures and tabulating the number of residents in the area and will present this information to the DBKL and KTMB.

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