36-year wait is long enough, say TTDI longhouse residents

Pertubuhan Penduduk Perumahan Awam Bukit Kiara chairman Sunderam Vadiveloo says families have been living in cramped conditions in the wooden houses.

PUTRAJAYA: Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) longhouse residents want the new government to put an end to their three-decade wait for permanent houses at Bukit Kiara.

Pertubuhan Penduduk Perumahan Awam Bukit Kiara chairman Sunderam Vadiveloo said they had been stuck in this temporary housing units for 36 years and they were struggling with big families living in cramped conditions.

He said they were worried that affordable housing projects promised by the previous government had not shown any sign of development.

This is despite a court decision dismissing a stay order against the project.

“But we don’t see any site work construction progress up till now.

“This prolonged delay is making us worried as we expect swift delivery of our permanent homes, as promised by the government,” he told reporters after handing over a memorandum to the representative of National Unity and Social Wellbeing Minister P Waythamoorthy at Putrajaya today to seek a quick resolution of their plight.

Some of the TTDI longhouse residents urging the government to hurry up with affordable housing for them.

Sunderam said the objections raised by the residents’ associations and management bodies in TTDI against the affordable housing project before this had caused the delays.

The residents in the area fear for the future of the popular Rimba Kiara recreational park and dread the traffic congestion that will be caused by the project.

Sunderam said he understood why the residents were protesting but he said Bukit Kiara estate workers had been waiting a long time and he hoped the housing project will proceed so that the families will have a better life.

He hoped the housing project will be completed as scheduled by next year as the master resettlement agreement (MRA) was signed in 2015.

TTDI longhouse resident S Ramesh.

One of the TTDI longhouse settlers, S Ramesh, said the condition of his house was getting worse day by day.

“It is made of wood and requires a lot of maintenance. Just imagine, having to survive in this home since 1982.

“When we were forced to be relocated to longhouses in TTDI, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had promised to give us permanent houses within five years. It has been a long wait for us,” he said.

Another resident, P Aramugam, 45, said there had been much progress in the area and feared the affordable home project for the former estate workers would be cancelled.

“I moved out because now we have eight people, including my mother and siblings, staying in the small house.

“The present condition of the house is frightening. DBKL helps us a lot in repairing our house, but there are times when we need to repair it ourselves.”