PENANG, Aug 13
(Bernama) -- Sixteen of the 18 temporary occupation licence (TOL)
holders in Kampung Buah Pala here, who are due to be evicted, have
consented to move out of the Indian settlement by Sept 1.
The village's residents association secretary J. Stephen said they
had given the undertaking to the court bailiff in charge of the
"We are still working to get the other two TOL holders to sign
acknowledgement letters that they would also move out by the Sept 1
deadline," he told reporters here Thursday.
He added that the
villagers had still not given up hope of continuing to live in the
village and would pursue the help of the state government in the matter.
It was reported yesterday that five TOL holders of the village had
accepted a double-storey house offer from developer Nusmetro Venture
Sdn Bhd to vacate the village.
However, the resident association's legal adviser Darshan Singh
Khaira warned the villagers that those who signed the mutual agreement
to move out the village "would lose everything".
"We still have an appeal pending in the Federal Court, which means
we still stand a chance to stay in the village but if they (villagers)
sign the agreement today, they will have to move out before Sept 1," he
The Federal Court had ordered the residents to vacate the village
covering some 2.6 hectares several weeks ago to allow the landowner,
the Penang Government Officers Cooperative and the developer to start
work on the land.
Today, a demolition team with three bulldozers failed to evict the
villagers after they formed human barricades to thwart entry.
Following the stand-off, police, the developer, the bailiff and
the villagers' representatives resolved the matter amicably through on
site negotiations with the party to be evicted agreeing to vacate the
houses by Sept 1.
August 13, 2009 18:43 PM
Kg Buah Pala Demolishment Date Postponed To Sept 1
PENANG, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- The date to demolish houses
in Kampung Buah Pala has been postponed to Sept 1 to give time to the
residents to vacate their homes.
The decision was reached after negotiations between police,
representatives of the villagers, the court bailiff and developer
Nusmestro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd, a short while ago.
Timur Laut district police chief ACP Azam Abdul Hamid, who
represented the police in the negotiations, said the villagers'
representatives were agreeable to the leaving the village by Sept 1.
"The developer, on compassionate grounds, accepted their offer and
postponed the demolition work to Sept 1," he told reporters after the
negotiations were concluded in a mobile police station at the scene
Azam said the villagers' representatives asked for the interim
period so that the families could arrange alternative accomodation and
also stated their willingness to give their cooperation in getting the
residents to leave in a peaceful manner.
"Their representatives said the villagers might also demolish the
houses themselves before the Sept 1 deadline and would not impose any
obstacles on the developer," he said, adding that the bailiff would
follow up on the representatives pledge by getting signed consents from
the head of each home to be demolished.
"I also hope no one, political parties or non-governmental
organisations will try to cause any difficulties or take advantage of
the situation now that an amicable agreement has been reached," added
Earlier today, C. Tharmaraj, the assistant secretary of the
village's residents committee, took to task Penang Chief Minister Lim
Guan Eng over the villagers plight.
He added that he had tried to call Lim, Deputy Chief Minister II
P. Ramasamy and various other backbenchers when a demolition team came
to the village this morning but was unable to contact any of them.
A demolition force of about a 100 men with three bulldozers had
come to Kg Buah Pala this morning to evict the villagers and demolish
23 homes there but the residents formed human barricades and thwarted
two attempts by the force to enter the village.
Mostly women and children, they refused to leave the site although it was raining heavily.
They were also reported to have collected cow-dung in preparation to strike back if their homes were demolished.
Federal Reserve Unit and General Operations Force personnel had to
be called in to control the situation but no casualties were reported
on either side.
The Federal Court had ordered the residents to evacuate the
village covering some 2.6 hectares several weeks ago to allow the
landowner, the Penang Government Officers Cooperative and the developer
to start work on the land.
The residents, however, refused to vacate, claiming they were
promised by the opposition in the 2008 general election campaign that
they would help the residents if they won. The opposition won the
No representatives from the state government were seen at the site this morning.
-- BERNAMA Reprieve for Kampung Buah Pala folk
Himanshu Bhatt and Bernard Cheah
, The Sun
The stand-off at kampung Buah Pala as developer movers in
to demolish while the villagers formed human barricade of
Kampung Buah Pala villagers scuffle with Anti-Riot police..GEORGE TOWN (Aug 13, 2009) :
The residents of the century-old Kampung Buah Pala, nicknamed High Chaparral
won yet another lifeline, this time from a court bailiff, when they
were given until the end of the month to vacate their homes.
The reprieve came after the residents put up a
desperate struggle to resist the demolition of their homes, warding off
about 50 workers, accompanied by two bulldozers, who descended on their
The police separated the two parties amid intense jostling and shouting, in an effort to prevent any untoward incidents.
At one time, a FRU brigade arrived to provide reinforcement. The stand-off lasted about five hours.
Villagers who made repeated phone calls to Pakatan
Rakyat leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister (II) Prof Dr P
Ramasamy, Seri Delima assemblyman RSN Rayer and Batu Uban assemblyman S
Raveentharan, said they were greeted by voice mails or mobile-phones
that were switched off.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s earlier pronouncement
that he would apply to the courts to invoke Section 116 of the National
Land Code – a crucial clause that may prevent the demolition – never
saw the light of day.
The clause stipulates that any building on alienated land cannot be demolished without approval of the relevant authority.
Lim had also called the transaction of land, which the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) state government so
Friday August 14, 2009
Demolition of Kampung Buah Pala postponed to Sept 1
By TAN SIN CHOW and ANN TAN
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TOWN: After a tense five-hour standoff between residents and the
developer at Kampung Buah Pala yesterday, demolition of the 24 houses
there has been deferred again to Sept 1. The new deadline was
agreed upon by both the parties. Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd
executive director Thomas Chan said the extension was granted on
humanitarian grounds following the residents’ request for more time to
look for new homes.
and supporters forming a barricade to stop workers and contractors from
entering Kampung Buah Pala in Penang Thursday. Some 100 demolition
workers armed with sledgehammers and backed by bulldozers were sent in
to tear down the place, but the five-hour standoff ended when both
sides agreed to a new deadline for the demolition. — CHIN CHENG YEANG /
“The time extension given is not for
negotiation on compensation. The issue of compensation does not arise
as the deadline for the ex-gratia deal is over,” he said. The
villagers and their 150-odd supporters had earlier formed human
barricades to prevent workers from entering the area to demolish the
houses. The group thwarted the entry of the demolition squad at
least three times in the five hours. Many hurled abuse at the 100-odd
workers who came armed with sledgehammers and safety gear at about 8am.
There were also two bulldozers. Federal Reserve Unit personnel formed a line to separate the villagers from the workers.
Entrance melee: Villagers acting as a barricade against the FRU from entering Kampung Buah Pala.
It was the second time that the villagers had refused to move out. Village
Residents Association secretary J. Stephen said 18 families had signed
the consent letter that allowed them to stay on until the end of the
month. If residents failed to abide by the agreement, the execution would be carried out without notice. He said another six of the 24 temporary occupation license (TOL) holders took the ex-gratia deal offered by the developer.
Hammer time off: Workers waiting for instructions to demolish the village will have to wait till next month.
deputy registrar Nurul Asyifa Redzuan drafted out the letter before
reading it out to Stephen and Chan, in the presence of George Town OCPD
Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid. Stephen said the association’s
committee members would utilise the two weeks to hold talks with the
state government “for a win-win solution”. ACP Azam said the villagers promised not to behave like how they did yesterday. “On Sept 1, there is a possibility that some will demolish their houses themselves.”