KAJANG: After 17 years’ of struggle, 24 families from the Ladang Bangi estate here today finally signed agreements to obtain their new homes.
The families were excited as they expressed their joy at being offered the new homes and be finally free of their long ordeal.
The developer, Trans Loyal Development, will be providing 19 units on the first floor and five units on the second floor of their project, located about 10 minutes’ drive from the estate. Each unit covers 872 square feet.
As part of the agreement, the former estate workers will have to move out on Dec 31 from the estate houses they have been occupying all this while.
Trans Loyal Development will provide them RM620 monthly to pay for any house they rent until their new homes are ready.
Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) central committee member S Arutchelvan told reporters the developer had signed an agreement with the families to move into their units in three years.
He said these units were being offered free to the former estate workers. The developer will also pay three years’ rent money and provide 0.8 acres of land to build a temple nearby, he added.
The families, who were shown a show-house unit, cheered when told their units would come with air conditioning, as well as built-in cabinets and a television set.
“I have been living in this estate for years, and now we are so happy with the units given to us. They are much bigger than what we have now,” 67-year-old G Krishnan told FMT here today.
Krishnan’s wife, B Vanasundari, said they were not sure where they would be staying after Dec 31 but looked forward to life in a new home.
C Krishnan, 62, who leads the action committee for the affected workers, said he had lived in the estate his whole life. Some families had stayed there for four generations, he added.
Their ordeal began on Jan 26, 2000 when Golden Hope Plantations announced it would be switching from rubber to oil palm but this proposal was rejected by the workers.
The families then received a notice to vacate their quarters in eight weeks.
Since then, the families have been battling for their rights in courts.
The families can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they no longer have to fight for a home.