Ex-workers waiting for alternative housing


TAMIL NESAN highlighted the peaceful demonstration by former plantation workers of Brooklands Estate in Banting, Selangor. 

The workers, who gathered in front of a housing development company on Thursday, were demanding for basic infrastructure in their estate quarters, such as road and drainage. The developer had taken up the plantation in 1997. 

An agreement reached by the National Union of Plantation Workers and the estate management earlier provided for workers to stay at the workers’ quarters until alternative houses were built for them.  

However, the workers complained that nothing had been done to build the houses and basic infrastructure. 

They also claimed that the red earth road leading to the estate and workers’ quarters and drainage in the area were in deplorable condition.  

The workers’ support committee spokesman R. Veeriah said the quarters were in a flood-prone area and residents suffered during the rainy season. 

An official of the development company who met the residents’ representatives pledged to start the construction of the houses to relocate the former workers.  

On another matter, Tamil Nesan and Malaysia Nanban reported the call by MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu in New Delhi asking Indian entrepreneurs globally to set up a network for the benefit of the world.  

He said that a global network to communicate and to share their skills and knowledge should link entrepreneurs of Indian origin around the world.  

He was speaking at a conference organised by Global Organisation for the People of Indian Origin.  

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