Kg Tanjung Tokong villagers ponder their fate

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These images from Kg Tanjung Tokong were taken during a Raya event on Sunday, 11 October at a time when the villagers are facing an uncertain future.

Photos by Kim MK

The residents’ association is concerned about UDA Holdings’ declaration that they are “squatters” without taking into consideration their livelihoods and the historical significance of their 200-year-old village. It notes that UDA came in during the BN administration under the pretext of the NEP to improve their area.

“To counter this, the association now wants the village to be declared a heritage zone so that the residents themselves can decide what form of development and upgrading is most suited to their needs,” says Cikgu Salleh, the resident’s association chairman.

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Kalambong
Kalambong
20 Oct 2009 10.43am

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kimasapi
kimasapi
18 Oct 2009 1.46pm

Today (18/20/09) Star page N4 qoutes, UDA chairman Datuk Hilmi (UMNO goon) offered a 3 rooms apartment about 850 sq.ft.to the affected families.
What a joke. If LGE can negotiate a D/S terrace house for KBP folks, is this the best the 1Malaysia government can do for Tg. Tokong??

Gerakan K
Gerakan K
19 Oct 2009 8.45pm
Reply to  kimasapi

Extended families also got 750sq foot apartment. Renting units from this village also got 45% discount for purchasing the apartment. Extended families in Kg Buah Pala got nothing. Get your fact right, DAP goon!

JC
JC
18 Oct 2009 8.55am

Remember this – UDA can actually ask the Federal Government to declare the area a heritage zone if they want that to happen. The state government never promised them anything since the early 80s. Where were all of you during the 80s? I guess all these years, we were all tolerating the crappy BN government until March 8 didn’t we? So stop acting like a bunch of cry babies. Who says the world is fair? I didn’t and neither did Anil. Anil is free to write what he feels is right. I am glad we are not seeing “overzealous lawyer”… Read more »

Mad
Mad
18 Oct 2009 12.20am

It is 15 minutes past midnight. I live in the condos opposite the floating mosque in tanjung bungah. I came home tonight after the Penang Symphony Orchestra at around 11.15 pm and guess what I could not turn into the road to go home because buses were carelessly parked along the roads as always like on Friday prayers. Needless to say, traffic has slowed to a crawl for those who are going back to Ferringhi. Only thing — tonight they are having a party next to the mosque. Now in my condo i can hear the music blaring away. What… Read more »

nkkhoo
18 Oct 2009 8.41pm
Reply to  Mad

I have observed one funny thing in Malaysia. You can violate any traffic rule as long as your objective is praying in the mosque.

Gerakan K
Gerakan K
17 Oct 2009 10.46pm

I’m too busy attending open houses particulary with samy–the one with grand value. But I’m 100% sure that Kg Tanjung Tokong will be demolished. No noise make by the … CM? Parties in PR also quiet. Possibly they have received gag order from LGE? At least LGE and team have learned something from Kg Buah Pala by not offering any empty promise to the villagers…

kingkong
kingkong
17 Oct 2009 7.24pm

UMNO Government is starting to tear down Tg Kokong using UDA. Gerakan K, North Korea Khoo, Andrew and others who speak for Kg Puah Bala are no more barking? Why? Please don’t give excuse because of Dewali festival enjoy yourself at new Hindraf invitation.

nkkhoo
18 Oct 2009 12.40am
Reply to  kingkong

Anil, please delete this KK post for name calling.

soohuey
soohuey
18 Oct 2009 6.58pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

I’m almost sure nkkhoo is not from North Korea…

soohuey
soohuey
18 Oct 2009 7.37pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

I’d also recommend that kingkong cuts down on his constant baseless accusations and name-calling. It is non-conducive for discussion. I don’t respond to his comments because he seems beyond reason. Even his more intelligent replies are contentious, but his demeanor is not worth reasoning with.

Since kingkong often berates people for inaction or being impractical (in his view), perhaps he can share what and how he has been contributing to Malaysia?

nkkhoo
18 Oct 2009 8.37pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

To label North Korea Khoo for N K Khoo is a childish thing.

nkkhoo
20 Oct 2009 4.48am
Reply to  Anil Netto

If you want your blog degrades to Raja Petra’s low taste standard, let keep all name-calling comments to show the world that your blog is very popular with democratic comments.

soohuey
soohuey
17 Oct 2009 5.43pm

Anil, do you celebrate Diwali? Happy Diwali to all 🙂

Mustafa
Mustafa
17 Oct 2009 1.40pm

Another headache for LGE? Thru no fault of his-Alamak.

Racheljansz
Racheljansz
17 Oct 2009 9.46am

3days already only 3 comments? This article no so interesting?
Cos it is not Indians vs LGE?
Where’s K?

soohuey
soohuey
18 Oct 2009 8.00pm
Reply to  Racheljansz

In fairness, I think there are 2 reasons for low number of comments:

– There is not much info in this post to discuss;

– Speaking for myself, growing up in BN rule has left me with an in-built sentiment that the Malays will be protected. I know now that this isn’t always true, but with the publicity that Kg Tg Tkg has gathered (vs the many villages that get uprooted overnight with the world mostly oblivious), my feeling is one of curiosity to see how this will pan out and I’m withholding comment until more info becomes available.

KB
KB
16 Oct 2009 3.15pm

Tg. Tokong will not become a racial issue because Hindraf is not involved. Hindraf turns everything into a racial issue with their “us versus them” mentality. Even worse, Hindraf tries to pit race against race like Indians against Chinese as in the Kg Buah Pala affair. Uthayakumar’s final statement on KBP was disgrace…

Fortunately, Waytha and Uthaya are losing influence. I shudder to think what would happen if they have big political influence. Malaysia will be reduced to racial ghettos by their fondness of pitting race against race.

Sang Kancil
Sang Kancil
16 Oct 2009 12.01pm

They should accept their fate and move on. No use clinging to the past. As Oblahblah used to say “CHANGE IS COMING!!!”

whispering9
whispering9
16 Oct 2009 11.06am

Whoa…whoa….wow! At this rate, if Penang falls back to UMNO (yeah…not Gerakan)please don’t go quoting ‘God works in mysterious ways’. It is obviously man’s follies (& i am not talking about LGE). Gotta go…don’t like to be brainwashed into zombies. Have a nice day. 🙂

DG
DG
16 Oct 2009 9.29am

If LGE help Kg Tanjung Tokong, there will still be critics.
Why Kg Tanjumg Tokong and not KBP ?
Than there will be comparison in how the matter was settled like the Bukit Cina issue.
Bukit Cina V KBP
Kedah pig issue V KBP
Akan datang ????
Kg Tanjumg Tokong V KBP
Than the racial insinuations will start.
Should LGE take the risk of helping Kg Tanjumg Tokong and risk getting called a RACIST.
What’s new ?

vinnan
vinnan
15 Oct 2009 10.47pm

Hei stupid vj. Do you know what UDA stands for. It is a … Federal agency controlled wholly by the Federal government under Malaysian law. In other words it is controlled by the Malys/UMNO. … You clowns backstabbed the ONLY political party in Malaysia willing to fight for you. You … think you can play the Chinese vs Malay card by condemning the DAP while supporting the PKR so as to destroy both. We know your kind. In Selangor and Negri Sembilan you … may be able to sway the Indians albeit only temporarily for their only source of information… Read more »

Dave
Dave
15 Oct 2009 5.57pm

Not again anil… I think you should stop writing on this. Its over..thats it. Whether they are squatters or not, the courts rules.

nkkhoo
16 Oct 2009 2.31pm
Reply to  Dave

IF the court is just and impartial, I believe no one bothers about the fate of KBP and TT.

vj
vj
15 Oct 2009 1.54pm

Just like Kg Buah Pala. These people will face same fate under DAP-Lim Guang Eng. LGE must resign before he damage more the image of PKR.