National Unity Ministry to evaluate applications for housing from Kerilla Estate families

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Unity Ministry will evaluate applications from 115 families in Kerilla Estate who face the prospect of losing their homes after being evicted by the estate management.

Deputy Minister K. Saraswathy (pic) said workers who had completed their service or were over 55 years old were required to vacate the estate, relocate, and build their homes elsewhere, or migrate from Kelantan.

The group said this privately-owned plantation had been the mainstay of livelihoods for estate workers' families for five generations.

"Now, members of the fourth and fifth generations are seeking land to construct homes and reside close to the Sri Maha Mariaman temple," she told reporters at the Semarak Perpaduan programme on Friday (June 1).

Saraswathy said previously, affected workers were allocated land in Kampung Gobek, located approximately 12km from the estate and the temple.

"However, many objected due to its distance from the temple and the existing burial ground in the estate area," she said, adding that the issue would be addressed with the relevant parties soon.

In addition, Saraswathy received a memorandum from the temple management regarding its deteriorating condition.

"I will look into this and try to secure the necessary assistance to repair and enhance the temple facilities," she added. – Bernama

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