MORE than 300 former squatters of Kampung Tun Razak have been waiting in vain for five years for their units in Puchong Prima.
They have been promised a unit each. On Sunday, at meeting in Kampung Sri Aman flats, the former squatters voiced out their queries and woes to representatives from Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).
MPSJ councillors Hamdan Ismail and Michael Tamil were present at the meeting.
According to Hamdan, the developers want to handover the units but the former squatters refused to accept it because the infrastructure was not completed.
“Work on the road and drains are not completed. There is also the border problem between Kampung Sri Aman and Kampung Sri Aman Hilir. The squatters are also worried that it would flood,” he said.
Former squatter T. Ramesh claimed that despite receiving the land titles two years ago, the infrastructure has yet to be completed by the developer.
“We were supposed to receive RM400 per month for rent but for the past five months, we did not receive any.
“We have made several protests and sent many letters but there was no reply. We were given the run around by MPSJ and the developers.
“The developers even wanted to sue us for hindering their work,” he said.
Pro tem committee chairman P. Nagarajan said they obstructed the work as they wanted to meet the developers first to discuss the issue of a Hindu temple.
“They promised to shift the temple to a land we have identified but they have yet to do so.
“The developer said that this issue has nothing to do with us as the agreement is between the state government and them,” he said, adding that developers were supposed to hand over the units to the squatters in 2006 — a year after they were entrusted with the project.
Former squatter C. Mohan, a 49-year-old taxi driver said since they moved out from the squatter homes, their livelihood was affected.
“We used to be able to operate our own businesses such as grocery stores. Now, we cannot afford to have our own shops after paying rent. Our income has decreased by about 50%.
“I know of one guy who used to earn RM5,000 a month but now he only earns RM1,000 a month and he has to support seven siblings.
“Many of us are middle-aged and it is difficult to find jobs.
“I hope that the government can be fair,” he said.
Councillor Michael Tamil added: “I request residents not to accept the handover letters until all the infrastructure work is completed and the temple issue is settled.
“If they accept the letter, it means that the developer can stop giving out rent.
“I hope that the developer can complete the infrastructure work soon.”
When contacted, Jembina Sdn Bhd director Michael Anthony said the delay in the handover for the 303 units was due to a few factors such as technical problems and work hindered by some of the former squatters.
“Some of the squatters have concertedly hindered the construction work.
“And this contributes to the outstanding rent because when work is delayed, we have to pay more to the contractors and this adds extra cost to us.
“I have written several letters to the state government about this issue,” he said.
He said obstructing the work was a strategy by certain former squatters to delay the completion of the project so that they will continue receiving the RM400 rent.
In reply to claims that the squatters will be sued, he said only two of the squatters who hindered work were being sued.
On the relocation of the temple, he said they had no authority to do so.
“Only the local authorities can relocate places of worship,” he said.