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High Chaparral: Kampung Buah Pala Residents Reject Compensation By Developer

Contributed by Anonymous on Friday, August 07 @ 05:24:48 CDT

National: Politics
PENANG, Aug 7(Bernama) -- Kampung Buah Pala residents have rejected developer Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd's offer to compensate each of the house demolished with a double-storey terrace house.

The residents also insisted that they would not vacate their home although the deadline for them to do so is midnight tonight.


The chairman of Kampung Buah Pala Residents' Association, M. Sugumaran, said the residents would not move out from their home no matter what.

He said they did not want to accept the offer because they found everything presented to them to be unsubstantiated and there was no guarantee they would receive the house if anything bad were to happen to the project.

"If the project does not take off, the row of houses offered to us is not given and the compensation would be cancelled. Is this fair?," he told reporters here today.

Apart from that, Sugumaran said the developer also failed to state the new area where the residents would be relocated.

"There were 65 families living in the village but the developer's offer was only for 24, leaving 41 families without a home," he said.

At a meeting between the state government, the residents and the developer on Tuesday evening, Nusmetro Ventures had agreed to share the 2.6ha plot with the residents by offering each of them a double-storey terrace house for each of the house demolished.

Nusmetro Ventures had given the resident until midnight tonight to accept the offer, failing which, the compensation would be cancelled.

The residents had asked the state government and the developer to give more time for them to consider the offer. However, their plea was turned down by the state government.

-- BERNAMA

Penang Wants Buah Pala Villagers To Agree In Principle     -->
PENANG, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- The Penang Government has urged Kampung Buah Pala residents, who are currently facing eviction from the village, to first agree in principle, to the offer of double-storey houses.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said, this would enable developer Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd and landowner Koperasi Pegawai Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang to have a confirmation of what the villagers had agreed upon.

"They (villagers) should exercise rational thinking and agree in principle first, on the 99-year leasehold property offer before we work out the details, including giving them time to move out.

"The state government takes into consideration that the villagers have been staying at the village, popularly known as 'High Chaparral', for more than 100 years before coming out with the offer.

"(While) We did not abandon anyone in the village, I hope the residents do not allow themselves to continuously be used by irresponsible parties and work together with the state government to solve the matter," he said.

Lim was speaking to reporters after his keynote address at PIKOM's regional chapter seminar here on Friday.

He said irresponsible parties could only offer the villagers a show of demonstration and daily court cases while state government could offer them a legally-bound property.

The chief minister noted that should the residents continue with unreasonable demands, there was nothing much the state government could do.

"(As a result) The villagers would lose public support and everything else if the village were to be demolished as most of the irresponsible parties who claimed to be representing the villagers, have their own homes elsewhere," he said.

Asked on the next course of action from the state government after the village residents association sought more time to consider the offer, Lim said he would wait for the villagers' decision today.

"Let us wait until noon today, before making any decision," he said.

The Kampung Buah Pala land issue surfaced when the Federal Court issued an order for the 23 families living on the 2.6-hectare village to vacate the land by Aug 2.

However, the residents refused to move out, claiming that the village land was given by the previous state government to the cooperative without their approval.

-- BERNAMA

 
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