Kampung Tersusun Gopeng squatters cry for help

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  • Tuesday, 18 May 2010

SEVEN families in Kampung Tersusun Gopeng, who are facing eviction, are in dire straits as the developer had begun to demolish houses in the village.

Teja assemblyman Chang Lih Kang said two vacant houses were flatten in the past week.

The villagers, Chang said, are appealing to the state to issue a stop work order and revoke the approval given to the developer.

”They hope to remain at the site where they have been staying for the past 50 years,” he said after bringing several of the affected villagers who are squatters to meet Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir on Friday.

As Dr Zambry was away, they were received by his confidential secretary Mohd Jafri Wan Chek.

Chang added that a total of six police reports had been lodged by the villagers including himself against the developer.

Chong Tat Shin, 74, said the problem faced by the villagers is long standing with no end in sight.

”Each time a new politician becomes our representative, we will approach him for help but nothing positive comes out of it,” he said.

Sallahuddin Abdullah said some 100 fruit trees planted in the vicinity of his house, was allegedly uprooted by the deve-loper.

”The developer did not even offer me compensation before they (allegedly) started to bulldoze my trees,” he said.

As a result, Sallahuddin, 55, said he had lost his only source of income.

“I cannot work as I am suffering from a back injury after an accident recently,” said the father of seven.

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