The Kampung Buah Pala residents have released a statement today, expressing dissatisfaction with Pakatan politicians who had promised to defend their right to the land during the general election campaign last year.
The villagers, who had earlier filed a complaint with the MACC over the land deal, are also claiming that not all families and households were offered compensation.
Some excerpts from the statement:
If the present State Government cannot stop the demolition then it is adopting the abuse of power by the previous government and is a party to it.
…We ask the state government to act now and at least stop and postpone the demolition. It can direct the developer and the police to do so. It should not abdicate its responsibility and shirk its responsibility.
Act now or forever be condemned. Please don’t give us platitudes. Don’t blame the previous BN government; you have the power now. Are you useless?
You can act to set aside the (highly questionable) transfers without paying a cent. Why are you not doing so? Are the developers tying your hands?
Are you now collaborating with and an accomplice of the previous government’s abuse…?
Are you friend or enemy? Are you part of the solution or part of the problem?
The offer by the developer is an eyewash. It is only for the few registered houses. What about the other unnumbered houses? What about the other extended families? Each house is occupied by several families. What about them? What about the tenants? They have been offered nothing.
We want out land which is our life. Please don’t mislead the public and side with the developers and Umno.
Do not use sweet promises to fish our votes and gain our support.
This village has historical and heritage value which cannot be bought by mighty capital and high force
There are over 23 registered houses, over 11 unregistered houses and 41 families and other residents. Compensation was never offered per family at all till now.
If the State Governement does not act now, it will only assist the developer to wipe out the only historical and heritage Tamil village in Malaysia.
Once our houses are demolished and we are thrown out and scattered, wherever we may be we will campaign against those who made false and empty promises…