PETALING JAYA: The TAR College Education Foundation has no objection to allowing residents of Kg Setia Jaya, Setapak, to continue staying in their homes until they are relocated, says federal territories minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa.
On Dec 11, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ordered the villagers to vacate their houses and gave them 18 months to do so after finding that TAR College Education Foundation was the legal owner of the land on which the village stands.
However, the residents claimed they were being unfairly evicted without “decent compensation”.
In a statement today, Zaliha said she had a “positive” discussion with TAR College Education Foundation representatives, adding that she felt the issue could be “resolved satisfactorily”.
“Based on the outcome of the discussion, the TAR College Education Foundation, in principle, has no objection to allowing residents to continue staying in Kg Setia Jaya until their relocation is sorted out,” she said.
“The discussion also focussed on the best possible solution to provide the residents with replacement housing, which will be discussed in further detail.
“Follow-up discussions will be held to ensure this issue can be resolved as soon as possible.”
During a meeting last week, Kampung Setia Jaya residents told the media that they settled in the area during the 1970s and were “legal residents” with water and power supply, albeit without land grants.
They also told the media that TAR College Education Foundation had offered each household RM30,000 to RM40,000 to relocate.
However, the residents said the money offered was too little and they preferred to be given a home.
FMT had previously contacted the foundation’s chairman, MCA chief Wee Ka Siong, for comment.