MALAYSIA Nanban reported that the planned demolition of houses and a temple at the former Bukit Rajah estate resulted in a standoff between former estate workers and the developer (and owner of the land), Sime Darby Development.
The unhappy residents blocked off the access to the houses by forming a human chain and prevented the developer from moving in any equipment.
The developer of the estate, located near Meru in Klang, wants to demolish the former estate houses and a 70-year-old Hindu temple located there, in order to develop the land.
Some political party leaders and representatives of non-governmental organisations have been negotiating with the developer to put off the plans.
Sime Darby Development bought over the Bukit Rajah estate in 1993. Since then, the former estate workers have been demanding that the developer built houses for them as compensation for vacating the land.
They had also filed a case against the developer. A few years ago Sime Darby identified a piece of land to construct houses for the former estate workers.
The new houses are not yet ready.
There are currently 25 families living in the estate.
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