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KB5: State playing into developer’s game?

 | June 24, 2012

The state government has failed to show any urgency addressing the pressing issue involving Kampung Boundary Lima, claims Hindraf.

GEORGE TOWN: Hindraf Makkal Sakti today accused the Pakatan Rakyat state government of concocting political mileage from hardship of lower income group, vis-à-vis the Kampung Boundary Lima (KB5) in Air Itam here.

Hindraf national adviser N Ganesan said despite numerous representations and pleas by the village residents, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng administration has been suspiciously paralysed to provide social justice for them.

“The state government has failed to show any urgency to address the pressing issue,” he chided in a press statement.

Hindraf expected Lim, despite being a leader in socialist-based DAP, to take pro-active steps to engage the developer and villagers in serious discussions to find an amicable solution.

However, Ganesan lamented that until today Lim’s government has failed to have any productive or positive meetings to resolve the issue of acquisition of the land on a willing seller and a willing buyer basis.

He indeed accused of Lim’s government of playing into the developer’s game in the perceived land grabbing issue.

He said the state government has failed to resolve the issue even on the basis of a Kampung Buah Pala type settlement, which Lim’s administration prides on.

He slammed Lim’s administration for demanding the villagers to publicly heap premature praises on Pakatan government goodness as a sort of quid pro quo before they can act, if at all.

“This is utter nonsense.

“The DAP government only wants to make a political capital out of the hardships of poorer Penang citizens instead of solving their problems.

“By prolonging and remaining ambivalent via wayang kulit type actions on the matter, the DAP government is effectively protecting interests of developers at the expense of poor,” blasted Ganesan.

Told to evict

The village, sandwiched between Jalan Boundary and Jalan Air Putih, is part of Chief Minister Lim’s state constituency of Air Putih.

The villagers and Hindraf have called on Lim to intervene and stop their eviction.

In 2000, the owner of the land sold it to Cermai Semangat Sdn Bhd, which in 2006 transferred the title to its proxy Bersatu Stabil.

Of the village’s original 46 households, 33 have since taken compensation and left. There are now 12 families fighting eviction as one occupant cannot be identified or located.

Several residents have already been issued eviction notices by Bersatu Stabil.

Last April 17, the Penang High Court on April 17 ordered a stay on execution of eviction orders pending outcome of residents appeal at the Court of Appeal.

Bersatu Stabil obtained a summary judgment at the Sessions Court last Dec 15 to claim rights and vacant possession on the 16-acre land.

The villagers filed an appeal with the High Court and, after it ruled against them, took their case to the Court of Appeal.

They have also filed a separate suit with the High Court, seeking restoration of their land rights and claiming that there were attempts to take away their land through fraud.

On Saturday, the residents held another demonstration at the village against a potential travesty of justice.

Ganesan said the residents, despite having paid for and own their village land, are on the verge of being robbed of their rightful ownership by fraud.

“Hindraf urges the state government to step in immediately to equalise a social justice for the poor,” he said.


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