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Gatco folk to sign pact with eyes closed

 | August 10, 2012

They have not been given the chance to study the agreement with landowner Thamarai Holdings.

PETALING JAYA: Residents of Kampung Serempah Indah are due to sign a land ownership agreement tomorrow at the behest of the state government, but they do not know the contents of the document they will be signing.

“The residents have no clue what the agreement is all about,” said social activist S Manohar.

Kampung Serempah Indah is an estate once owned by a company called Gatco. The area is better known as Kampung Gatco.

Some 400 settlers each bought 10 acres of agricultural land from Gatco in 1977. The buyers who were Bumiputeras paid RM4,000, and non-Bumiputeras paid RM7,600.

However, Gatco was declared bankrupt in 1983, and the size of the land offered was reduced to eight acres per settler. In 2004, the land was auctioned off to Thamarai Holdings Sdn Bhd.

The agreement to be signed tomorrow is between the settlers and Thamarai Holdings. Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan is scheduled to witness the signing.

Manohar said none of the residents had been given a copy of the agreement to study.

He also said Thamarai Holdings had been trying to persuade the settlers to accept four acres each.

“The settlers have lived there for 35 years and even paid money to purchase the land. Is this fair to them?” he asked.

Kampung Serampah Indah action committee chairman K Krishnan told FMT that most of the Bumiputera settlers had decided to accept four acres each. But he said the non-Bumiputeras opposed the deal.

He said the settlers had decided not to sign the agreement, but could not clarify whether it included Bumiputeras as well.

“Our lawyer has advised us against it,” he said. “We want to study the agreement’s content first before deciding out next course of action.”

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