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High Chaparral: Some Kg Buah Pala residents want RM300K instead

Contributed by Anonymous on Sunday, September 06 @ 11:07:46 CDT

National: Politics
2009/09/06 Looi Sue-Chern GEORGE TOWN: Kampung Lorong Buah Pala residents who have not accepted the developer’s double-storey terrace house offer want the developer to pay each temporary occupation licence (TOL) holder RM300,000.

The village residents association chairman M. Sugumaran said the 13 TOL holders, who represent 25 families, did not want to take up the house offer as it might not materialise in two years because of the many outstanding problems with the site.

He said developer Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd could even save more money if it just paid them RM300,000 each, instead of building the RM500,000 houses.

“If the developer agrees to the amount, which is less compared with the value of the house, we will vacate the land. Everything between us will be settled,” he said at a press conference at the village yesterday.
“If not, we will continue to fight, even after we have moved out of the land.”

Sugumaran explained that the RM300,000 would cover the estimated RM130,000 building cost of their new homes, the RM140,000 land value and RM24,000 for two years of house rental.

He said the one-off payment would be sufficient for the TOL holders and their extended families.

Sugumaran also revealed that a private landowner was willing to give the residents some land to set up a village elsewhere.

“I cannot reveal who this good Samaritan is or where the land is located. But the size of the land is almost similar to this one, measuring about 2.4ha. Our priority has always been about saving the village.”

Sugumaran slammed the DAP-led state government for its broken promises to save the village, famously dubbed Penang’s High Chaparral, from being demolished.

When contacted, Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd executive director Thomas Chan said the residents kept changing their minds.

He said during his last meeting with the residents association, they had agreed to the double-storey house offer.

“I do not want to entertain this RM300,000 compensation demand. I do not think they are in a bargaining position.”



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