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Bangi Estate workers lodged police report

 | April 23, 2012

Fearing that they might be evicted without due process, 25 families of former plantation workers lodge report against three developers

KAJANG: Fearing that they may be evicted forcefully without due process, a group of former plantation workers of Bangi Estate lodged a police report today against three developers.

The report was lodged against Trans Loyal Development Sdn Bhd, I&P Group Sdn Bhd and Seriemas Development Sdn Bhd at the Kajang district police station.

C Krishnan who leads the action committee said that Bangi estate, which had been in existence for more than 100 years was closed down in 2000 to make way for development.

“In 2007, officials from the Kajang district office and the developer promised to build 44 houses and a temple but until today the promise was not kept,” said Krishnan.

When the project changed hands three times in five years with different developer coming into the picture, Krishnan said several meetings were held with each one of them.

He, however, added that all the developers invariably tried to get rid of the workers without offering any form of compensation.

Moreover, he said that during a task force meeting in Shah Alam on April 12, the committe was informed that the estate had already been sold to Seriemas Development in 2011.

Krishnan also pointed that on April 10, the state government has issued a letter ordering the developer to stop work.

“However, Seriemas refused to stop work. Worse still, they continued with their work under the supervision of two police officers from Bangi,” he said.

Krishnan said that the 25 families are now living in fear of the developer who say may engage gangsters to chase them out.

“We want the police to investigate the developer and resolve this matter,” said Krishnan, adding that thus far nothing has come about from a similar report made on April 6, 2012.

Also present at the police station when the reports was lodge were S Arutchelvan the secretary-general of Party Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and other local leaders.


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