Buah Pala leaves bitter taste

Buah Pala leaves bitter taste

Buah pala or nutmeg, along with other spices bearing exotic flavours, once drew hordes of traders to these parts. Today though, the mention of Buah Pala is enough to leave a bitter taste as the village that bears its name – where the descendants of those who laboured in the spice plantations of yore now reside – faces demolition.

Folks today are more interested in ‘whacking’ the villagers for their political miscalculations and for being “greedy” because they did not jump at the offer of “double-storey terrace houses worth RM500,000″. At the same time, the Koperasi/Nusmetro’s greed is rarely mentioned; they have already made a huge unrealised profit on the land, even before any work has begun, after having bought the land for peanuts. (Purchase price approx RM10 per sq ft vs market value approx RM100 psf ==> for 6.5 acres, that works out to a cool RM25 million profit just on the vacant land).

The villagers are the real victims of a land grab – but, ironically, they are the ones receiving the most flak, and all because they had the temerity to try and preserve their village. Weird how the tables have been turned against them. Many “hardcore” Pakatan supporters just want them to disappear so they can get on with the BN vs Pakatan political game. We must see the Big Picture, they argue. But they forget it is the little pieces of the jigsaw puzzle – pieces like Kg Buah Pala – that make up the Big Picture.

Moving beyond the BN-Pakatan blame game, however, the loss of the village, which hearkens back to a different era when people lived more in harmony with Nature, is a source of mourning.

The demolition of this and other kampungs is a sign that the concrete jungle is taking over our increasingly unsustainable habitat. It appears as if it is Developer Power – rather than People Power – that rules. Look at how developers may now be granted an increase in the (plot-ratio) density for projects in certain areas. More profits for the cosy network of developers!

The partisanship surrounding the Kg Buah Pala saga is disturbing. The human rights angle is hardly mentioned, in particular, the primary rights to land and to shelter, and the right of communities to live in dignity.

Where are the partisan political supporters – Pakatan and BN – when it comes to the Penan who are engaged in a lonely struggle to protect their ancestral lands and the rainforests (what’s left of it) from the rapacious greed of logging companies? Is the silence because there is no BN vs Pakatan angle there? My posting on the Aljazeera video of the Penan received just 14 comments. Why the lack of interest towards their plight and the loss of our rainforests? I am not talking about donating to charity here; I am referring to the entire mindset that supports unsustainable corporate-led development while ignoring the devastating impact on local communities.

In a number of areas – notably, our attitudes towards marginalised communities and the environment – our mindset has not yet changed, even after 8 March 2008. Many of us have simply transferred our loyalties from the BN to the Pakatan, but are still unprepared for a more sustainable model of development that does not harm communities nor damage our priceless heritage.

72 COMMENTS

  1. everyone just missed the point….

    Kg. buah pala = sect 23 shah alam temple = perak state government = puked!

    what is the common denominator?….umno!

    this is plain and simple arithmetic…got it?

     
  2. Seperti yang dijanjikan semalam, saya akan menceritakan bagaimana Ketuanan India mungkin sudah berlaku di Malaysia.

    Walaupun saya ini tidak setuju dengan mana-mana konsep ketuanan tetapi saya hormat pendapat kawan saya.

    Ketuanan India mungkin sudah berlaku di Kg Buah Pala kerana:

    [1] penduduk Kg Buah Pala ialah pembayar TOL (TOL = Temporary Occupation Licence). Ini bukti tanah di mana mereka tinggal bukan milik mereka. Jika kamu tuan tanah, kamu bayar TOL tak? Tuan tanah bayar cukai tanah dan cukai pintu sahaja sambil bil IWK.

    [2] Kes Penduduk Kg Buah Pala vs pemaju Nusmestro di Mahkamah Persekutuan. Penduduk Kg Buah Pala sudah kalah dua kali di Mahkamah Persekutuan. Tetapi membuat sidang media dan tuntutan macam mereka menang sahaja.

    [3] MIC janji RM3.2 juta bagi beli semula tanah Kg Buah Pala. Hebat, penjaga kaum India di Malaysia sudah campur tangan dan prihatin kepada penduduk ini. Syabas kepada MIC.

    [4] Hebat, bukan sahaja MIC, Ketua Menteri, Timbalan Ketua Menteri, MP, ADUN juga campur tangan. Rasa bangga bila dapat bersemuka dengan YB-YB ini. Apa lagi dapat duduk semeja membuat rundingan. Belum habis lagi. Mereka juga diberi perhatian oleh UMNO. Parti pemerintah Malaysia. Dengan khabar mereka juga hantar memorandum kepada Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia! Hebat. Cukup sensasi. Satu Malaysia tahu kes mereka.

    [5] Rumah setinggan (mengikut definisi mahkamah) Kg Buah Pala gagal dirobohkan beberapa kali. Kuasa dan semangat penduduk kaum India memang perlu dipuji. Betul-betul bersatu-padu.

    [6] Penduduk Kg Buah Pala berjaya mengubah hasrat polis untuk membawa beberapa penduduk yang ditangkap ke lokap dengan menghalang van polis. Mereka kemudian dibenarkan pulang selepas diikat jamin.

    [7] Terdapat blogger yang simpati dengan kes Kg Buah Pala seperti blog ini. Bukan itu sahaja, NGO seperti Aliran juga sokong mereka. Penang Heritage Trust juga sokong mereka (mengikut maklumat blog ini). UNESCO juga janji akan kaji kes ini (mengikut blog Hindraf). Kes ini sudah jadi berita antarabangsa.

    [8] Pelukis ternama (betulke?) di Pulau Pinang mengambil peluang bagi merakamkan wajah Kg Buah Pala melalui lukisan mereka walaupun dalam keadaan hujan lebat (mengikut definisi blog ini, tetapi mengikut definisi pemberi komen yang bernama crash, hujan ini sekadar “mist fan di starbuck”). Karya-karya lukisan tersebut mungkin satu hari dilelongkan di Vered Gallery dan mungkin setanding dengan Picasso beberapa ratus tahun kemudian. Siapa tahu?

    [9] Penduduk Kg Buah Pala yang kalah kes mahkamah, dapat pampasan berupa rumah teres manakala penduduk setinggan yang lain yang belum kalah kes mahkamah pun hanya dapat rumah kos rendah atau tiada pampasan langsung. Ada dikalangan mereka yang dapat rumah kos rendah atau tiada apa-apa pampasan merupakan kaum bukan India. Kesian mereka yang belum kalah kes mahkamah, mungkin jika mereka bawa kes ke mahkamah mereka mungkin boleh menang.

    [10] Penduduk Kg Buah Pala bukan dihalau keluar, tetapi dijemput tinggalkan kampung mereka sebentar sementara rumah mewah percuma mereka dibina. Sila tunggu, kerja-kerja peningkatan (upgrade) sedang dilakukan. Segala kesulitan amat dikesali. Manakala penduduk setinggan yang lain yang dapat pampasan diberi rumah bukan ditempat asal.

    Ketuanan India mungkin wujud disini kerana mereka mendapat layanan yang lebih baik daripada yang “lain-lain”.

    Sekian.

     
  3. Sdr Wong

    Apakah relevennya Demo Kepala Lembu itu dengan hal ini ?

    Tolong debat dengan saya dan jangan cuba melepaskan diri dengan membangkitkan perkara perkara yang bukan bukan.

     
  4. Seorang manusia guna nama K berkata:

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    In case of KBP, nobody will blame LGE if he and his Pakatan cronies didn’t make any macho promises before the GE on preserving the village. But they did to get the votes of KBP folks and Indians of Penang. That’s the root cause of the problem here. Furthermore the way they managed the issue did not show an aota of compassion or understanding but instead adopted the Old BN tactics (which itself has been abandoned by BN themselves) of threatening and bullying the residents into submission by using the power of government , media… Looking at the manner this issue been handled, I am afraid Penang is now looks like a Police State.

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    Ini komen ringkas saya.

    Demo kepala lembu itu bukan ancaman nyata? Dalang demo lembu ialah ketua cawangan UMNO. UMNO sebahagian dari BN.

    Dialog MB Selangor dengan penduduk, si dalang lembu buat ancaman… kepada MP Kalid Samad dan YB Roziah juga diugut rogol.

    Saya ada bukti video.

     
  5. Dear ghkok

    I am sorry but I don’t buy the pathetic excuse that PR cannot manage the states well because they don’t control the Federal Govt. The problems we see in Penang and elsewhere are not due to BN but Pakatan’s own doing. In case of KBP, nobody will blame LGE if he and his Pakatan cronies didn’t make any macho promises before the GE on preserving the village. But they did to get the votes of KBP folks and Indians of Penang. That’s the root cause of the problem here. Furthermore the way they managed the issue did not show an aota of compassion or understanding but instead adopted the Old BN tactics (which itself has been abandoned by BN themselves) of threatening and bullying the residents into submission by using the power of government , media… Looking at the manner this issue been handled, I am afraid Penang is now looks like a Police State.

    As for Pakatan, if they can’t even manage a state, I wouldn’t want them to manage the country. Anyone would tell you that LGE has the best possible position politically among all of Malaysia states with strong political position and been handed a state with a relatively well developed physical and economic infrastructure. Yet, again and again he screws it up.

    Anil is right in judging Pakatan by their actions and policy orientation now. Look at the Cheap Minister. He is from a socialist party but yet he is even closer to the Big Business than KTK ever was. The musroomming of new development projects, LGE’s proposal to increase density and his lack of compassion in many issues makes a mockery of DAP’s and Pakatan’s pre-GE promises and policies.

     
  6. The site (may) be cursed…construction (could) be delayed and costs (could) go up for the greedy developer. Mysterious (things) will occur during piling and foundation works. People who buy the condos (may) experience bad luck and see strange apparitions in the near empty units. Strata title applications (could) be delayed by present state govt. inc. CF..

    This is not a mere prediction and it has happened before in the history of forced land takeover by greedy developers, remember Thean Teik estate? Penang has its share of superstitions and many cannot be explained….

     
  7. Kepada K,

    semalam saya tengok bola sepak England vs Crotia dengan kawan-kawan. Siaran langsung tau tak? England menang 5-1.

    Patutlah pendapat kamu berbeza dengan orang ramai. Sila berkawan dengan lebih banyak orang kerana kamu akan dapat lebih pandangan terhadap sesuatu perkara.

    Apa yang saya tuliskan sebelum ini kebanyakkan merupakan logik yang dibincangkan di kedai mamak atau kedai kopi.

    Penduduk Kg Buah Pala mengikut kata kawan saya, Gunasekaran, memiliki Ketuanan India pertama di Malaysia.

    Tahu tau kenapa?

    Esok baru saya bagi tau awak. Biar kamu tak boleh tidur satu malam.

    p/s: itupun kalau Anil hendak siarkan komen saya.

     
  8. Sdr Wong

    Tolong jangan mereka cerita tentang “geng India & Punjabi”. Kejadian yang anda ceritakan hanya wujud dalam imaginasi anda. Jika ingin berdebat, debatlah dengan hujah hujah anda tanpa mereka perkara yang bukan bukan.

    Anda mudah lupa bahawa penduduk KBP kini dihalau dari tanah pusaka mereka yang mereka duduki lebih daripada 150 tahun. Jangan buat tuduhan yang mereka ini setinggan. Tanah kerajaan ialah milik rakyat dan bukan milik LGE. Pada zaman dahulu tiada dokumentasi atau sistem hak milik tanah maka penduduk tidak memperolehi hak milik secara rasmi.

    Cuba lihat keadaan di Chew Jetty. Mereka juga hadapi masalah yang sama tetapi kerajaan DAP anggap mereka ini sebagai warisan negeri yang perlu dikekalkan malah kawasan ini diberikan publisiti yang meluas hingga dijadikan tarikan pelancung.

    Tetapi lihatlah pula bagaimana cara KBP dilayan oleh LGE…ini jelas menunjukkan bahawa DAP tidak mengamalkan konsep “Malaysian Malaysia” seperti yang dilaung laungkan oleh mereka.

     
  9. Terdapat orang yang hipokrital wujud di sini. Cakap bagai tidak dapat apa-apa selepas meninggalkan Kg Buah Pala.

    Rasa pahit kononnya.

    Semalam saya lepak dekat kedai mamak sempat bersembang dengan geng India dan Punjabi. Mereka kata orang hipokrital sudah wujud dalam isu ini. Mereka juga kata, kalau ditimbang secara betul, selepas orang-orang yang tinggalkan Kg Buah Pala ini, mereka sudah boleh kena penyakit kencing manis. Terlalu manis rasanya. Hanya di mulut cakap pahit.

     
  10. Nil,

    As expected none of these racists (and that’s what they are) have the …. to admit that if it was the last village (belonging to another ethnic group) – they would have moved heaven and earth to make sure the village would not be demolished.

    … Even in Malaysia Today these ugly racists spread racial slurs at a drop of a hat:

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    written by smeagrooo, September 07, 2009 00:30:14
    how rm40mil became rm500mil?

    well that’s call calculating “K***** sou” to you.
    report abuse
    disagree 6
    agree 44

    +++++++++

    Note the 44 racist idiots that agreed with the racist that made the original comment.

    … SO when the DAP (which to the most of us will always be a chinese party) bleats about equality, freedom and justice – you have to pardon me while I puke.

    I will never forget what the incompetent MB Lim Jr (administration) did to the poor grandmas and children of KBP.

    Neither will KARMA, thankfully.

    IMHO (certain Pakatan politicians) are all politicians that basically (misled) The Rakyat to get elected and they all need to be booted out of PR.

     
  11. Anil,I am getting tired of the blame game, the issue is so muddy & cloudy. Can i suggest you do an expose piece on this, without fear and favour, just give us the truth. Do a “watergate” and give us the facts starting with the Trust document, how it became a TOL, sale by the previous state govt; the law suits KBP, and the investigate by the PR govt into the land sale and the outcome. Piece it all together so that everyone gets a clear picture. I am willing to chip in some money for yr expenses, anybody out there who are interested?

     
  12. Hi Anil,

    Just a few remarks :

    1. Surely you know the state of our political arena today. It’s getting practically impossible for Pakatan to rule. The constant hounding, intimidation and harassment by BN is disrupting day-to-day operations. In Selangor, a string of coordinated and planned assaults is hampering us. Starting from Teresa Kok’s ISA arrest and all the way to Teoh Beng Hock’s murder. MACC is running riot, raiding ADUN’s offices, picking on volunteer’s, assistants and vendors doing work for the state. The Federal Govt is withholding funds from the state govt and channeling the funds thru their own “channels”. Najib openly declares that he wants back Selangor – by any means. I assume the same thing is going on in other states. So state funds are precious now and we need it for the state programs including the welfare programs for the hardcore poor and scholarships for the low-income.

    2. If the KBP residents fall under those welfare programs, then it is the duty of the state govt to help them under those programs .. just like the tens of thousands of other Penangites who are helped under those programs.

    3. It is the duty of the state govt to fight for justice for the KBP folks – which they have done. They fought for the best possible compensation (within the constraints) and they won it. The rights of the poor and the trampled must be fought for … and they are fought for in different ways. In this particular case, it was deemed the best way is to fight for the best possible compensation. If we disagree with that method, then we should say so. Not by saying that they haven’t fought for the residents.

    4. Penans. Ok I’m speaking for myself. I’m a Penangite with 2 kids and I’m living in Selangor. I’m a regular visitor to your website because I’m looking for every bit of news about … Penang. I get to your website then I scan for anything about Penang .. the more controversial the better. Anything else .. sorry lah. Why ? because I have to work, my boss is hounding me even as I’m surfing your site, i have deadlines to meet, and my PC at home is dominated by my wife and daughter. That’s my excuse .. I don’t know about other people.

    5. Politics is a means to an end. PR holds the best hope for us to end 52 years of nonsense from BN. Anybody know of any other alternative ? But we’re not there yet. We need to win at Federal level. People are excited about that prospect. They know that there’s so much more that needs to be done, must be done, and can only be done by taking over the Federal govt. That’s why the constant talk about PR vs BN. People see HOPE. There’s nothing wrong with that.

    6. Only when PR is in effective control of the country .. ONLY THEN should we judge them on the totality of what they can, or can’t, do.

     
    • Thanks for the thoughtful response, ghkok. Regarding your last point, I think we can also judge them now on a daily basis by their policy orientation, their statements, the “vibes” they give out, how concerned they are towards the downtrodden, what is their stand when it comes to the interests of big corporations vs ordinary residents, etc. So we don’t have to wait till they capture federal power to get an idea of what a Pakatan administration would be like – for we can now see their orientation and approach, despite the various constraints. You could call it a probationary period…

       
  13. Sugumaran is the real culprit.
    If he had stuck to dealing with just the state government, such mess would not have occured.

    He was ‘coaxed’ to change goal posts by Hindraf, MIC, Barisan National etc.

    Otherwise, why should he be hopping like a frog from one ‘potential saviour’ to another?

    And you do not want to say anything about the former BN state government for starting this mess? And the MIC rubber – stamp Exco member who just said ‘saya setuju’ to this initiative – where was he throughout the tense moments?

    He conveniently… quietly left the scene.

    No use blaming LGE now when the foundations to eliminate this village was already sealed by the previous Bn state government…

     
  14. Anil,

    At the end of the day, you are saying that the Buah Pala folks should be permitted to continue living their traditonal life on the land. Given that the Court has, whether fairly or unfairly, ruled in favour of the developer, is that possible?
    Assuming that the Penang Government ignores the Court ruling and refuses to sanction the development of Buah Puala or forbid the developer from removing the villages, what will happen? Obviously the developer will take legal action against the State Government. Is it fair for the Penang taxpayers’ money to be used to fight a long drawn legal battle with the developer? Will it be fair for Penang taxpayers’ money to be used to pay a large financial compensation to the developer should the Penang Government lose the legal contest?
    Should the above happen just because a small group of TOL holders refuses to accept the not unreasonable compensation offered by the developer? Are you suggesting that from now on, all TOL holders should be permitted to continue to live permanenly on TOL land as long as they do not wish to accept the compensation offered by a developer?

    Anil, I hope you can answer the questions I have raised in a specific manner instead of making generalised statements about humanity, traditions etc. While we should be as humanitarian as possible, it does not mean that we should let any particular group of people dicate arrogantly and unfairly to the majority, just because they have the backing of Hindraf, MIC etc. I would be the first to condemn the Penang government if it should try to play to the gallery and win votes by meeting unreasonable demands.

     
  15. Kepada mani,

    tahukah anda apa itu CAT ?

    C = Competency
    A = Accountability
    T = Transparency

    Dengan tidak mengikuti perintah Mahkamah Persekutuan Malaysia, jangan cerita CAT. Parti DAP dan juga Kerajaan Pulau Pinang sudah jadi macam samseng.

    Sebab itu mereka akur dengan keputusan mahkamah.

    Faham tak Mani?

    C = mahkamah sudah perintah, terpaksa ikut
    A = sudah dapat pampasan yang secukupnya
    T = siapa yang jual tanah dulu, kita sudah tahu

    Sekian.

     
  16. what else can we do to help kg buah pala. LGE has abandoned this people who has voted for him based on his (colleagues’) promises.

    i guess, on kg buah pala case…..CAT does not exist at all.

    CAT……has no meaning anymore!

     
  17. Kepada K,

    saya ini bila baca komen kamu, saya terpaksa telan 2 biji panadol. Pening kepala.

    Sebelum pertukaran Kerajaan Perak dari PR ke BN melalui cara yang tidak betul, Kerajaan Perak PR telah memberi geran kepada penduduk. Ini adalah fakta sebenar.

    Dalam proses pemberian geran ini, Kerajaan Persekutuan BN cuba halang dengan pelbagai alasan. Ini adalah fakta.

    Sekarang Kerajaan Perak BN pula tiru tindakan Kerajaan Perak PR bagi geran. Adakah YB-YB PR cuba halang?

    Di antara PR and BN, siapa yang baik dan siapa yang jahat?

    Sila jawab.

    Sekian

     
  18. Daniel,
    It’s just a proverb lah. It’s mentioned in the bible so it’s ok. However, lately some Hindraf fellas made me conclude this way
    By the way, Sugumaran till to date never say who are the well wishes. Hence, I warn Anil better not to get associate with them. They are not that naive. To be absolutely neutral
    By the way, I am tempted to buy “Men In Whites” The best story ever. Democratic Socialism with State Planning that works. Everybody got the role to play. Including Devan Nair, the Leader of NTUC…..Sad, DAP should rope back the MTUC head

     
  19. Grandma says: If it had been another ethnic group in this saga, Anil would not be perpetuating this issue.

    I have known Anil for many years and he has always advocated social consciousness for truth, justice, freedom, equality, love, compassion, moderation, tolerance, restraint and sustainability for all humanity regardless of race.

    Grandma, I think its stupid of you to make baseless assumptions like these without first checking out Anil’s background.

    Or better still, take off those blinkers which only allow YOU to see everything from a racial perspective.

    I think its sad that many here are unable (or refuse) to understand the impacts of unsustainable corporate-led development on local communities.

    A society which has lost touch with its roots is a society without direction.

     
  20. We are here to give opinions. Thanks for the forum, Anil. Calling names and wrongful accusation should be moderated. Calling PR – wolf in sheep’s skin in this case is totally unfounded because PR dint corrupt or abusing power.

     
  21. Sdr Wong Ka Wai

    Apakah kaitan pergolakan politik di Perak dengan isu KBP di negeri Pulau Pinang ?

    Memang perbuatan BN di Perak tidak dipersetujui oleh ramai rakyat Malaysia termasuk saya sendiri dan saya juga sokong bahawa DUN Perak perlu dibubar and warga mereka perlu diberi peluang untuk memilih kerajaan negeri baru. Tetapi ini adalah perkara yang berasingan. Apa yang saya kagum ialah tindakan DS Zamry yang begitu prihatin kepada masalah rakyat miskin dengan secara otomatik memberikan tanah walaupun mereka ini dianggap sebagai setinggan.

    Jika parti Pakatan inginkan sokongan dari rakyat yang nuetral dari segi politik, mereka perlu membuktikan bahawa mereke merupakan pilihan yang lebih baik dari BN dan bukan memberikan alasan alasan yang bodoh dalam hal seperti isu KBP… pihak Pakatan perlu buktikan bahawa mereka layak menerima undi rakyat Malaysia.

     
  22. looes74

    Just like you who blindly worship Pakatan and consider the Cheap Minister LGE as demi-god, Makkal Sakthi too have their rights to political affiliation. Rabid Pakatan supporters seems think that PR has some sort of divine rights to claim our support. And just like Bush’s Neo-Cons, those who don’t support Pakatan are considered as BN supporters/apologists or anti-Pakatan.

    Until and unless we drop this mindless attachment to politicians and political parties, we can’t and won’t move forward as nation.

    Mist : I like your assessment very much and it is spot on.
    LGE not just has tasted the nectar of power but like the Great Leader of North Korea, he is cultivating a leadership cult and running the state like a dictator.

    DG : FYI Vijay Kumar is a well-known PKR supporter and one can hardly take his words as the voice of the Indian community. Also your argument is illogical and wrong in regards to KBP since Penang doesnt need to sell land to boost its coffers.

    Lucia : I have lost respect for most Penang bloggers, including you for betraying your principles for politics. I am sure you will be at the forefront of the KBP villagers’ fight if Penang is still under BN rule.

     
  23. Dear Anil,

    Thanks for your post and sharing of your views and ideals. However, the readers will make up their minds and decide on a stand, they need not have to agree with you.

    I personally empathize with the villagers initially, as the drama unfolds, I just got sickened with it as with a lot of other readers. Heritage village, you must be joking!

    How about the landowner and developer? Don’t they have rights to protection under the law?

     
  24. The villagers’ greed and the developer’s greed are 2 different matter.

    When the people condemn the villagers’ greed they are condemning their shortsightedness. When they condemn the action of the villagers they are not condoning the greed of the developer, they are merely separating the two instances.

     
  25. Please read the article in the Sun by Himanshu Bhatt. He is an excellent journalist/reporter. Very impartial. Just giving the facts.
    You will see that LGE & PR were not in control at all LEGALLY. Their only alternative was to secure the best deal. It was the citizens of PENANG was cheated by KTK & the BN cronies selling it at such a low price. As you are aware, Willing Buyer-Willing Seller? So the process of selling it cheap is totally another case, and no Judge will allow this “LEGAL CHEATING” incident to hamper/de-rail a perfectly Legal Land Transfer deal.

     
  26. I think you should look at yourself in the mirror too and examine whether you too are not indulging in political posturing and partisanship. I wrote a long comment on KBP and the Clan jettys of Penang with links to show how both are decrepit in their own ways and neither evince any shred of heritage value or any sign of legitimate ownership.One survived the developer’s sledgehammer whilst the other (almost as old) did not. Any guesses as to why? The answer is obvious isnt it? Race. But you should chose to can my factlaced arguments. Speaks volumes of your affected neutrality.

     
  27. Anil,
    Now, Makkal Sakti is supporting BN asking Pakatan Rakyat to halt all activities. Just read NST. Still defend the indefensible. Hardcore Pakatan Rakyat? Wolves in Sheep’s clothings

     
  28. Anil, you had argued your case succinctly and provided a perspective that we wouldn’t want to look at or accept. Look at all the goebblic repetition (just coined the word from the principle goebbler enunciated that when you repeat a lie long enough it will be accepted as truth) of mindless political zombies and one can’t help feeling sorry for them.

    Many of us, after having lived in a highly organised and planned community seldom could accept the simple fact that all of us are human first and all our affiliations, political leanings, economic life etc. are secondary. As human this also meant that what will be good for one is also good for another. Notions such as fairness, justice, compassion and dignity get twisted and force fed into shapes and forms beyond any recognition by clever rhetorics and argumentation and with goebblic repetition of the same.

    The handling of kbp issue by lge and his administration was a disappointment. It would appear that politicians can never say that they were wrong as it would make them look incompetent. But I say that this will make them look human. What we don’t need are super human who can never make mistakes. As this is precisely the kind of environment that created little napoleons.

    LGE had begun to have a taste of power. Let us hope that it will not pollute his heart.

     
  29. Anil,

    Just so you don’t feel your Penan post was insufficiently appreciated… Fyi, I read your Penan post shortly after you wrote it and immediately linked the Alj article to my Facebook profile and commented on it. I then sent an email to my contacts whom I know are passionate about these issues and have had discussions with them about it. The issue is nothing new to us and is happening all over the world, but it struck a cord with me re applicability of carbon credit system and was important to highlight in view of impending Copenhagen meeting.

    I didn’t comment here because from previous experience talking to Malaysians about the environment, and even from experience commenting on your blog, there is little interest so felt it pointless as it would be like passing wind to an uninterested audience… (forgive my honesty).

    The regrettable reality is that despite the traffic on your blog and many other Malaysian politics-themed blogs, mentality is still narrow and obsessed with BN vs Pakatan. Ability to critically and unbiasedly examine actions of each party is still lacking. Arguments are affected by those who shout the loudest or most eloquently. Similarly, commenting on politics seems to just be “the trend” with many. People enjoy talking about the “hot topic of the month”. I’m not sure if all genuinely care…

    The fact is that Malaysians in general lack a global social consciousness. All they know (and therefore care about) are “hot topics” in local media. In fact, most Malaysians I know don’t really care and think concern for the environment is something for people who have too much time on their hands and generally impractical. To their credit, I’ve arrived at these conclusions affecting social awareness:

    – we have too much mess/injustice in our own country that we don’t really have the ‘mind-space’ to be passionate about global issues (or it seems that of East Malaysians in “faraway jungles”),
    – too many are still struggling for what they believe is their ideal life standards, with little help/security from the government, so have little ‘mind-space’ for anything besides what affects them directly in an obvious manner; ie. How politicians act can affect them, Deforestation culture does not directly affect urban residents, True “big picture” does not affect immediate economy/well-being.

    Let’s put it this way. If people in West Malaysia care about the Penans, they’ll also have to care about the Thai, Burmese, Cambodians, Bangladeshis, Congolese, Sudan, Zimbabweans, Fijians…..

    Also, I know people who have bought small plots of land to cultivate oil palm because our government leads us to believe it is “Oh so good!”. Overseas I get bombarded by information about how terrible oil palm is, but in Malaysia, its a gift from god! Can be used for biodiesel, so great for the environment! S… can be used for biodiesel too… stop flushing it down the toilet and let’s organise communal collections. Biodiesel from palm oil has no future. It’s just propaganda and 99% of Malaysia knows no better. Don’t blame them, blame the government and their control over information and knowledge.

     
  30. i wonder how kg buah pala is consider as a traditional village? what constitutes a traditional village? shouldn’t a traditional village has a temple? what happened to who was it… one of the villagers or one of hindraf members… who went to US (er… where UNESCO is) to ask for KBP to be listed as heritage icon?

    i wonder why all of a sudden, the village that is going to be demolish is suddenly heavily promoted as traditional/heritage – just like the small village next to the st francis xavier church. i was astounded and amused in a way it was label as heritage village when news of the residents being asked to move out (since i had been there all the time during the past years – it’s just a normal village to me).

    i would take a wager that if a survey were to be done, majority of penangites have not heard of KBP before this land issue cropped up!

    ok having said that, i would also like to say that i’m not against the KBP villagers nor labeled them as greedy. i feel for them too that they had been cheated by the previous govt. i would like to echo peter’s view as i fully agree with his view. many of us in the beginning are supporting the villagers strongly but after their constant attack on LGE, prof. ramasamy and PR in general, i think that was when the people started to get fed up.

     
  31. anil,you are fighting for a good cause.don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. during the G20,A placard from the protesters stats,”stop letting money rule the world,put people first” . a lesson for malaysian where they worship the equation “money=happy”.

    i have begin reading the comments on this issue on other blogs .the 3.5 million claim did come up, quite a lot .however,the majority of the blog owners did not even try to tell the truth regarding the this claim.and a lot of the commenters actually believed it.to me ,it’s pure deceit at play.

    also,we all know the land was acquired through illegal methods and yet,people still dispute this.plus,the kampung buah pala folks have gone to the courts since earlier 1999,i think.

    i know as a fact that there is (an alleged) gag on the dap indian members not to comment on this issue .there’s a lot of unhappy people within dap .like i said ,forget about political leaders.

    btw,i did my small part for the penans.also,i think you should expose more on the bakun dam.i was against it during my secondary school days.

     
  32. Dear Anil,

    Your frustrations are noted. We are at a point of time where the ruling government and the opposition (pakatan) are at loggerheads with each other. Pakatan is still an opposition because they do not control the federal government and the “corrupted” administration. No power=No talk.

    A lot of underhanded tactics being used. The government has no dignity so they will resort to this kind of things. Pakatan on the other hand has to play by the books or they will be label “corrupt” also. What can Pakatan do if the laws are amended and manipulated by the “corrupted” administration? Pakatan are supposed to be law abiding, civilized government or do you want them to break the law.

    KBP issue is similar. Pakatan did not expect the ruling government to (allegedly) manipulate the judiciary to such a low level. You are familiar with Perak State take-over. Remember how low-down and dirty tactics were used. Anil, I understand your anxiety but you cannot be “barking up the wrong tree”, sorry my choice of words. Pakatan are having their hands tied but the work has to be done as usual. How difficult is it for them.

    All citizens must decide once and for all. Give Pakatan control of federal government and see how they work. It is a long process. In a war, there will always be casualty. Now, we are seeing the cost of voting Pakatan. Next time vote all the way, or not, this is going to keep on happening. KBP is not the end. Many more issues will be coming up as long as we people cannot decide who we want to run this country.

    No 50-50 joint with BN. All they way, or NO WAY. (Because after that we will have to have the BIGGEST GOTONG ROYONG to clean up all the crap in our government, police, judiciary, macc,….on and on, the list is so long……!!!!)

     
  33. JLSu

    “I continue to maintain with conviction and belief that if it had been another ethnic group affected in this saga, the outpouring of emotion would have been overwhelming — ! ”

    If it had been another ethnic group in this saga, Anil would not be perpetuating this issue.

     
  34. Thats cause there’s a better way to support the Penans and others rather than jst by commenting on your post then! Yes, I’m a DAP, Pakatan supporter but I do care for the Jarawa, Papuan Tribes, Palawan, Penan etc. Having started to volunteer for Survival Intl in the past couple of months.

    But come on, why are you even comparing the case of KBP with a tribe. If you’re fighting a cause for the tribes then thats understandable, since how some tribes like the Papuan has been badly marginalised by the Indonesian gov and people at large, how they have been killed, rape, turn them into a tourist freakshow, force out of their way of life etc. To compare the villagers of KBP with the Penans(or any at all) do no justice to the tribes around the world that are fast dissappearing!

    That is a fact and as for KBP. The earlier the folks wake up to the reality, the sooner they will be better off.

     
  35. ANIL,

    Wake up~!!! The LAND does not belong to them~
    hence must return to the owner which ever what price they sold~ even RM10 with valid document consider sold. If they are the real owner, should at 1st buy the land with proper way and documented it in legal~
    Too bad..

     
  36. Dear Anil,

    I continue to maintain with conviction and belief that if it had been another ethnic group affected in this saga, the outpouring of emotion would have been overwhelming — ! Right now, ‘1.5M Penangites’ are giving total, absolute support and loyalty to LGE. Like you said, they just want to see these KBP squatter cowherds get lost quickly so they can get on with the BN vs PR political game!

     
  37. Well done, K. You should join BN and be a full time politician rather than preaching to a small audience here.

    By the way, for your info, the PR Perak govt was ready to give permanent land titles to new villages before they were deposed. The BN govt never thought of this in their 52 years of rule until PR showed them the way. But that shouldn’t stop your PR bashing as your eyes and ears will filter out inconvenient facts like this.

     
  38. Anil netto,
    I believe the villagers adopted the wrong strategy. If you were to look at the number of supporters initially, you will realise that most of us supported their cause.
    But as supports gathers they were emblodened in making demands. Excessive demands by people in such situation is understandable. I admit that I would if put in the same position.
    Their fatal mistake was that they keep attacking Lim, Ramasamay and PR . That is when the supporters turned against them.
    No doubt LGE has his share of blame. Koh Tsu Koon is actually the real culrit. But he wasn’t demonised as much as Lim or Rama. They should pursue the matter with Koh more than Lim. This is their set back. Now they face the music alone. My empathy are with them.

     
  39. Anil, the fight is over. Please, stop trying to fight on humanitarian ground. This is about willing seller, willing buyer and rightful owner. You cant force government to abuse power and revoke an ownership of an rightful owner.

    It doesn’t matter if the land is bought cheaply by developer or expensive. It doesn’t concern you or anybody else in that matter. If i want to sell my house/land to a friend of mine for 2 ringgit, it is not your problem.

    Like LimBC said, in the eyes of developer this is strictly business. I don’t se why they are wrong in any way at all. I bought, I demolish, I built.. that is my… problem. You are in the way so moved! Why is that wrong? can someone please tell me?

    Because of humanitarian ground they compensate. Else, they have the right not to even bother about it.

     
  40. Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat di Perak mentadbir dengan baik. Geran-geran tanah diberikan kepada penghuni yang menduduki rumah dan juga sawah selama beberapa dekad.

    Pada masa itu, Kerajaan Persekutuan BN cuba menghalang dengan (nama penuh saya tak ingat) “National Land Code”. Kononya melanggar peraturan lah, sini salah lah dan macam-macam sebab diberikan.

    Akan tetapi soal tanah ini tertakluk dalam bidang kuasa kerajaan negeri. Maka Kerajaan PR pun meneruskan usahe memberi geran kepada penghuni-penghuni yang layak.

    Kemudian timbul pula isu-isu kononya geran hanya diberikan kepada kaum-kaum Cina, tetapi hakikatnya semua penghuni yang memohon jika layak akan dapat juga geran tanahnya.

    Kerajaan BN di Perak?

    K, kamu ini tidak ingat bagaimana Speaker DUN Perak ditarik dan diusung secara kasar oleh kumpulan-kumpulan manusia?

    Tidak malukah perbuatan seperti begitu dilakukan oleh Speaker DUN Perak?

    K, … Rasa bagaimana?

    Saya rasa Perak akan dimenangi oleh Pakatan Rakyat sekurang-kurangnya 2 kali berturut-turut dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 dan ke-14.

    Ada orang berkata, Perak sudah menjadi emas PR.

    Sekian.

     
  41. camcamni
    September 8th, 2009 at 3.04pm

    K,

    If you are feeling so hopeless on PR, then I propose you go join BN (or maybe in fact you are one of then). Get yourself worked up to be a candidate on behalf of Bn since you think you can serve better on behalf of Bn and see if Rakyat want you or PR.

    Guess PR dont have a choice but to lose your vote comne GE13 but hopefully more pro Bn votes in GE12 will instead go to PR on GE13.

    I am shocked that you can say such things about the country getting inbto chaos if PR were to be the next Federal Govt. So you are no difference than the thugs of the cow head UMNO gang. I say that if things continue to be under BN, Malaysia will turn into another Zimbabwee…

    ===

    Only illusionary PR believe they were voted in due to their own credibility.

     
  42. K
    September 8th, 2009 at 4.14pm

    Dear camcamni

    This is exactly the kind of attitude and behaviour I had pointed in my earlier post. The supporters of Pakatan have now exceeded in the fanaticism and blinkered views that once was the exclusive preserve of BN and especially UMNO supporters.

    Such intolerance of criticism and such disdain for others not sharing your views augur badly for the future of this nation.

    ==

    Power corrupt anyone in the power, regardless they are from BN or PR.

     
  43. Folks

    I m not taking a partisan line here so let’s not make this thread descent into yet another BN vs Pakatan mud-wrestling session.

    Let’s put the issue of legality aside for now. If Perak’ BN state govt can show so much understanding and compassion to poor people without land of their own to live and willing to automatically allocate the land to their names if the residents have lived there long enough, why can’t the so-called socialist and more humane govt of Penang under LGE do the same or even better ?

    Today I read even more distrubing news that LGE is increasing the density rate for Penang purportedly to make housing affordable. But someone with even a modicum of knowledge of housing know that this is yet another thinly veiled attempt to “develop” the state and side with the Big Business. I think this just goes to prove our earlier suspicions that DAP, just like the Labour Party of Britain, has evolved from its Socialist roots to become a Market-orientated capalist Party.

    As such I suggest DAP rename itself as Development And Profits (DAP) Party.

     
  44. JEALOUSY,jealousy,jealousy,jealousyjealousy.MIC , UMNO, HINDRAF, DARSHAN, just couldnt (win) them over with their fantastic facts and fancies! The SQUATTERS prefer a …. promise than known devils and unknown angels!

     
  45. Dear camcamni

    This is exactly the kind of attitude and behaviour I had pointed in my earlier post. The supporters of Pakatan have now exceeded in the fanaticism and blinkered views that once was the exclusive preserve of BN and especially UMNO supporters.

    Such intolerance of criticism and such disdain for others not sharing your views augur badly for the future of this nation.

     
  46. Wong Ka Wai,
    Thank you for all the explanation. Well done.

    The problem is that some people just do not want to understand this. They use their own rule and regulation. What to do? Let it be …..

     
  47. K, you’re right. If it was as BN state govt, they would have bought the site and preserved Kg Buah Pala as an Indian cultural village. They would even pour in millions to beautify the place and build a temple for th villagers. Alternatively if the villagers decided to cash out, they will each be offered a 4000 sq. ft. bungalow and RM100,000 in cash. All this would be done despite the villagers not having any land titles. How bad of the PR govt to be worse than BN!

     
  48. I completely agree with you where issues like the Penans are concerned. I think the lack of offical and unofficial web-media attention is no excuse to not involve ourselves in the correction of the crmes perpetrated against East Malaysian natives, and we are all to blame here. I can only hope many more people like yourself champion their cause and keep raising awareness of their plight, because even East Malaysian papers cover up those abuses!

    However, I think the KBP issue is much more complex than many are prepared to accept, and Himanshu Bhatt’s article in the Sun on it last week shows how the PR government does indeed have explaining to do when it comes to the villagers’ plight. The videos of Anwar and Rayer making promises to the villagers also goes to show that PR did indeed mislead the people. But the fact is, everyone in the issue is tainted to some degree, BN obviously the most, but so are the villagers. They have not put up a united front with regards to their village, having conflicting opinions and desires for themselves and have allowed Hindraf to champion their issue and turn it into a racial problem which has put off many people. What right does Hindraf have to call LGE a racist? Even now, some villagers are still wanting money, not houses. Nevertheless, I sympathise with their plight. This whole issue is an example of bad communication, corruption and apathy, and the poor villagers of KBP have lost out despite their best efforts.

     
  49. I agree with ” taskforce101 ” above.

    There is absolutely no acountability on this whole saga.

    The political eunuch Koh Tsu Koon has a lot to say on other issues but when it comes to all these land rip-offs done with his connivance, he maintains a sore throat.

     
  50. Anil,
    I do not agree with comment regarding the following;
    1)”the Koperasi/Nusmetro’s greed is rarely mentioned”. Come on, how can you say that the developer are greedy, they are like all business people, their purpose is to make money. If you like, you buy the product from them, if you don’t like, don’t buy. If the land owner wanted to sell at the cheapest price to them, this is the owner’s right, you cannot do anything.
    2)In KBP case, how can you include in “The human rights angle, the primary rights to land and to shelter, and the right of communities to live in dignity.” Why did you not mention the land owner’s right? If you are the owner, would you let other people to dictate what you should do to you owne property?
    3) A lot of people commented on the KBP issue compare to the Aljazeera video of the Penan is not that there is no BN vs Pakatan angle here BUT it is becasue a lot of people feels since the Federal court ruling, they should settle for best compensation (By Malaysian standard, the most they can get is a RM75K flat). FYI, before the Federal ruling, a lot of people do sympathized with the villager. But not now, why? The villager have asked themself. Please don’t label us as “hardcore” Pakatan supporter, we are not stupid or blind, we supported the current state government because most of us feel that the state goverment is making a correct decision regarding KBP. What do you think of the government if “with a stroke of pen, can do anything they like”?, take back the land from a rightful owner?
    I would proposed to you that in the coming Sarawak state election, you need to help Pakatan win so that we will have the BN – Pakatan angle there in order to save the Penan.
    KBP issue will end soon, if you feel that the PR is making a correct decision, Vote for them again if not you can alway vote for BN again, the party that rob the land from Sugumaran.

     
  51. This episode of KBP, does say a lot about the Government’s unwillingness to help its own citizens.
    Leaving aside all those issues about illegal transfers of title to the Courts decision, I thought Governments really have a moral duty to put the welfare of the citizens as of paramount importance.

    While the rest of us are just concerned (maybe busy bodies)bystanders with a view, the priority should have been the welfare of the villagers themselves, not LGE, TSK , MIC, Hindraf etc etc.

    Sad to say that our system has lost its compassion for the less fortunate of our society.

     
  52. K, think with logic and less emotions.
    We can see “better” that way.
    You are not providing anything constructive by repeating over and over again your unhappiness with PR because KBP lost their homes.

     
  53. K,

    If you are feeling so hopeless on PR, then I propose you go join BN (or maybe in fact you are one of then). Get yourself worked up to be a candidate on behalf of Bn since you think you can serve better on behalf of Bn and see if Rakyat want you or PR.

    Guess PR dont have a choice but to lose your vote comne GE13 but hopefully more pro Bn votes in GE12 will instead go to PR on GE13.

    I am shocked that you can say such things about the country getting inbto chaos if PR were to be the next Federal Govt. So you are no difference than the thugs of the cow head UMNO gang. I say that if things continue to be under BN, Malaysia will turn into another Zimbabwee…

     
  54. Every event has its birth place. If we ever go back to the beginning, it was an error. Why the villagers were denied HAKMILIK TANAHH? Most of our fore parents were squatters to begin with. They fought and endure hardship to gained that Land Title.

    If the “villagers” were given the HAKMILIK, then the issue on illegal squatters will not arise. So, what I can say is that the squatters themselves must be blamed for not persistent enough to get the HAKMILIK in the beginning.

    Secondly, it is the State Land. The BN government cannot sell the land without resolving the squatter issue first.

    Thirdly, who is the State Government? The State Government do not belonged to BN or Pakatan Rakyat. The State Government is the Rakyat themselves. The Rakyat choose the State Government.

    In conclusion and in my humble opinion, there should not be any pointing of fingers. The squatters of Kg Buah Pala has to APPEAL base on humanitarian ground and has no legal right to the ownership of the land. Pakatan Rakyat which was elected by the Rakyat in March 2008, has done their very best. So, if the Rakyat feel Pakatan Rakyat did not act rightfully, just choose a new State Government in 2012.

    This issue should be put to rest.

     
  55. My posting on the Aljazeera video of the Penan received just 14 comments BECAUSE…
    the Penans has a very different sets of thinking.
    They seems to trust their so-called Community Champion rather than outsiders especially those from Peninsular Malaysia.
    Looking back, it seems it is ok to be raped by their “Champion” rather than outsider.
    Time and time again they seems to value short term gains i.e. easily bought.
    PLEASE correct me if I’m wrong.

     
  56. Anil

    I couldn’t have put it any better than your succinct comments on the issue.

    An even bigger picture is a better Malaysia and a brighter future for all of us and not some petty Pakatan vs BN politics that many people here and elsewhere seems to be indulging in with such relish. Many people who appeared to be brave and selfless fighters for human rights, civil society, heritage and sustainable development, suddenly have metamorphosed into supporters of fanboys and fangals of “development”, “law and order”, “respect of legal process”, “business friendly policies”, etc.

    I had much faith in Pakatan but the post 0308 proved to be such a disappointment for an average, non political Malaysia. Instead of working toward a better, equitable and more democratic Malaysia, Pakatan proved to be no better than BN and in some cases, a whole lot worse. Their rule of the states under PR control displayed all the excesses of the BN at the baddest like hubris, double standards, intolerance of public opinion, disdain of human rights, putting Big Business’ interests over rakyat, opaque decision making and most of all the non-stop political gamesmanship.

    I am unconvinced that voting for Pakatan in GE13 to rule the country will bring at positive result at all. In fact it would turn the country into chaos like what we are witnessing in Selangor where no one is sure who is in charge or what are the official policies. Or we could turn into another Penang where the government is run like North Korea with a Great Leader and his personality cult.

     
  57. Anil,
    I suggest that you should buy “Men In White”. Read & Understand! I don’t dare to call myself socialist like you are. However, having been in Singapore for so long, I have witnessed how state planning & socialism being implemented full scale

    Anil,
    Hence I subscribe to the idea that in order to serve the state well, one got to make hard choices. In this case, when the court has decided KBP villagers as squarters, Penang State Government left with no choice.
    They can’t simply invoke the land freeze unless it meant for national development. Hence, I have comented that need to invoke the law, go build public housing to provide shelter to 3000 folks instead of 300 KBP

    Anil,
    You have to agree with me that the land is given to KBP folks under the trust. It no longer exist. No point arguing about keeping it as heritage because I am very sure that each & every one KBP folks such as Sugumaran treated it as private property
    As such, so we shall treat them as civil case. So since KBP lost court, and so be it.

    Anil,
    Harping on this issue would bring more resentment because many folks got less than what KBP folks are getting. Like it or not, people will compare……
    Not point fretting over people like us having less compassion. What makes you so different than LKY’s comment earlier on that educated women would produce better quality babies
    I sense the Holier Than Thou attitude in you. I am sorry this time you are so wrong

    Anil,
    However, I have the state government should publish the findings asap. But using this as pretext of preserving this villages whereby these villagers treated them as private property, it’s a big no no
    Government money is meant for 1.5 millions Penangites. SUBJECT TO STATE REQUIREMENT. If I were CM LGE, I would do as such

     
  58. look at biggest scope, don’t narrow down our mentallity.
    Our next genaration future is more important.
    LGE fight a very good package for kg buah pala. If BN in power no hope for the kg folks.

     
  59. Patience Anil.
    It will take time.
    But I believe we will all get there eventually.
    The 12th GE was merely a step towards it.Not an earth shattering metamorphosis.
    We have many more steps to go.

     
  60. Anil,

    There is absolutely,and I mean ABSOLUTELY no accountability nor punishment for land grabbers in Malaysia.

    The residents were viewed as typical cow herds. And we all know what UMNO thinks about cow’s intelligence level. So what more for cow herds?

    When there is no accountability, there is already dictatorship but Malaysian style or should I say UMNO style.

    Would you agree?

     
  61. Kepada Anil,

    dalam isu Penan, saya prihatin tentang keadaan mereka sekarang ini. Maka saya juga telah menhulurkan derma kepada mereka. Saya juga dalam setiap komen yang saya poskan telah menyeru kepada orang ramai supaya memberikan derma melalui pemindahan wang secara terus kepada akaun sebuah gereja yang aktif sebagai penyelia bagi menguruskan bantuan makanan kepada penduduk di Penan, Sarawak.

    Setakat inilah yang saya boleh buat. Saya rasa gembira apabila pihak gereja tersebut dengan bantuan kumpulan tertentu berjaya menghantar makanan yang jumlahnya berton-ton banyak kepada penduduk Penan di Sarawak. Kerajaan Sarawak dibawah pimpinan parti apa? Jawapan adalah Kerajaan Sarawak dipimpin oleh parti komponen BN. Mengapa tiada kritikan terhadap mereka? Luluskah markah KPI mereka sebagai kerajaan negeri jika terdapat masyarakat yang kekurang makanan?

    Dalam isu Kg Buah Pala pula, isu ini bukan kerana atas nama pembangunan maka kampung tersebut mesti dirobohkan.

    Jika sesiapa yang lihat kepada fakta dan bukan melalui emosi, kes Kg Buah Pala ini merupakan pihak pemaju yang membeli tanah secara sah (iaitu tiada hutang dan lengkap dengan dokumen pengesahan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang) dan kemudian dilawan oleh penduduk kampung tersebut.

    Dari segi undang-undang, penduduk kampung tersebut gagal memberi sebab yang kukuh, yang membuktikan bahawa penduduk kampung ini merupakan tuan tanah yang sebenar.

    Pihak pemaju melalui dokumen pengesahan dari Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang telah membuktikan bahawa merekalah tuan tanah yang sah.

    Apabila pihak pemaju menjadi tuan tanah yang sah, maka penduduk kampung ini mestilah berpindah walaupun tidak menerima apa-apa pampasan.

    Walau bagaimanapun Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang kini dibawah pimpinan parti DAP telah mengambil kira proses penjualan tanah oleh kerajaan yang lepas (dibawah pimpinan parti Gerakan) yang sering dipertikaikan oleh penduduk kampung sebagai satu urusan yang luar biasa, maka terhasil satu pampasan berupa rumah teres bertingkat dua (dikatakan nilai pasaran berjumlah RM500000).

    Apabila saya melihat kesungguhan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, barisan ADUN-ADUN dan MP-MP Pakatan Rakyat untuk berjuang demi penduduk kampung, maka patutlah saya memuji usaha-usaha yang telah mereka curahkan.

    Adakah ini bermakna saya “bias” dan memihak kepada pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat?

    Kalau Kg Buah Pala betul-betul mempunyai nilai warisan budaya dan sejarah, mengapa ia dijualkan kepada pemaju perumahan?

    Pemimpin dari parti yang manakah yang jual tanah Kg Buah Pala ini? Ia adalah komponen parti dari BN dan bukan Pakatan Rakyat.

    Mengapa terdapat orang yang mengutuk parti DAP dan Pakatan Rakyat? Adakah mereka ini hilang kewarasan untuk berfikir melalui logik atau semata-mata hendak memburukkan imej Pakatan Rakyat?

    Saya bangga dengan prestasi Kerajaan Pulau Pinang dibawah pimpinan DAP.

    Sekian.

     

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