Despite protests, estate workers’ water supply was cut


DESPITE protests, police reports and threats of further demonstrations, 23 families staying in the Ladang Kirby plantation workers’ housing had their water supply cut off with little warning, Makkal Osai reported.

Two days ago, the residents had staged a demonstration and lodged a police report when they found out about the impending water supply cut, which was allegedly carried out because of a leak at a nearby highway.

Negri Sembilan Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) president Vijaya Gandhi said the move seemed to be the latest attempt to harass the residents into vacating their homes to make way for development there.

The residents had requested more time to find rental houses in the nearby areas, which is taking time due to the movement control order.

Vijaya said PSM had welcomed the state government’s offer to subsidise the rental by RM500 monthly.

The offer is understood to have been made via a letter given to the families.

However, she said, it was regrettable that the families had their water supply cut at this time.

It was reported that the police had promised to bring together all parties involved for a discussion to find an amicable way forward.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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