PUTRAJAYA: Thirty-five poor families from Cameron Highlands made the long journey to Putrajaya today to protest against Prime Minister Najib Razak’s supposed disregard for problems they are facing.
In October, 22 poor families from Cameron Highlands had also come to the Visitor Registration Building of the Prime Minister’s Department here to request a meeting with the prime minister to convey to him their difficulty in getting affordable housing under the 1Malaysia People’s Housing (PR1MA) scheme.
The PM’s political secretary, Jailani Ngah, and his assistant, Mohd Azizol, had assured the families they would get an appointment to meet the PM.
However, Cameron Highlands PSM secretary B Suresh said neither the party nor the families had received any word on the meeting after that.
“Up to today, we have not received any word from anyone about this. It’s as if they don’t care about the poor at all,” he told FMT outside the Visitor Registration Office of the PM’s Department.
“So we’re here today and we will not budge until the prime minister comes out, a date for an appointment is set or the police force us to leave.”
Suresh said the families had been here since 11.30am.
In October, Suresh said the families had written three letters to the prime minister over the last three months requesting to see him but received no reply.
He also said his office in Cameron Highlands had received complaints from 40 families about their housing woes but he believed the actual number of families affected could be closer to 100.
Last month, 34 families had filed police reports against Jailani and Azizol for allegedly failing to carry out their duties and making false promises.