BUTTERWORTH: Bagan MCA disagrees with how the state government handled the Abdul Cauder endowment land issue in Jalan Mengkuang here, says its secretary Tan Ming Huan.
He said they regretted the alleged vicious eviction of residents from 19 houses in the area.
“DAP emphasises human rights but now they are nowhere to be seen.
“They have remained silent over the matter. It is our hope that they will provide temporary as well as permanent housing to those who are affected," he said at a press conference in Jalan Kampung Benggali on Sunday (March 10).
It was reported that a policeman suffered a fractured leg while a Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAIPP) worker was injured after being attacked by five men trying to stop the houses on the endowment land from being demolished.
Seberang Prai Utara police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the five men were among 11 people, including six women, aged from 18 to 50, arrested for trying to obstruct the demolition work on Thursday (March 7).
A total of 19 households received eviction notices from the land on which the MAINPP intends to develop for low and medium-cost apartments.
Each household has been promised a free apartment unit once the project is completed.
In the meantime, MAINPP will distribute compensation of RM500 monthly rental for each affected household and also offer homes where the residents can live temporarily.
Apart from the RM500 rental reimbursement, the residents will be given a one-off RM4,000 moving-out allowance and a RM3,500 moving-in allowance.