KUALA SELANGOR – The Selangor Government has been accused of reneging on a promise
to raise the level of a site for alternative housing to accomodate 50 people from
four families before demolishing their homes on Tuesday.
One of the family heads affected, S. Gunasegaran, 59, said the promise to
raise the level of a site near Kampung Seri Aman, Ijok was made during a
previous meeting before the demolition was to be carried out.
“However, while the houses have been demolished, the level of the site has
not been raised…the area is low-lying and can easily flood after heavy rain.
“How are we to come up with the money to raise the level of the site if the
state government does not keep its promise,” said the lorry driver when met by
reporters here yesterday.
The father of four said he was forced to rent a house for RM1,000 a month
and support his two schoolgoing children on a RM2,500 salary.
On May 10, the Selangor authorities demolished four of 30 houses in Kampung
Seri Aman because they intruded into state government reserve land earmarked for
the development of the My Selangor Housing Project.
A Bernama check on the allegedly promised housing site found it was still
over-run with undergrowth and lower than the surrounding land.
Meanwhile, Selangor Federal Action Council chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar said
he regretted the action of the state government in demolishing four houses in
the village without providing the occupants with a temporary shelter.
“Noh, who is also Selangor Barisan Nasional chairman said what the state
government had done to the families was cruel.
Also present were Kuala Selangor MP Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim and MIC national
executive secretary K. Partiban.
Those affected were low income earners who would be more burdened if forced
to build or rent other houses, noted Noh. – Bernama