A scuffle broke out between a group of people believed to be linked to MIC Youth and one of Penang Deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy’s assistants at around 6.00pm today at Komtar, according to an eye-witness.
The MIC youth reps were there to hand over a memorandum to the state government offering to buy back the Kampung Buah Pala land for RM3.2 million.
After the handing over, which took place cordially, the MIC crowd were still gathered at the ground floor when the assistant allegedly shouted at them from the first floor.
This infuriated the MIC group, words were exchanged, and a few of them then raced towards the assistant. The assistant received a few punches, said the eye-witness, who was not sure if the assistant retaliated before fleeing with other aides to the government offices.
Earlier, Kampong Buah Pala villagers lost in the Penang High Court in their bid to stay the Federal Court decision against them. Their attempt was rejected with costs awarded against them.
A second writ to argue that the villagers do have locus standi is expected to be heard soon.
Over in Kampong Buah Pala, one eye-witness said he saw high-tech CCTV cameras with satellite dishes being put up.
Time is running out for the villagers as the 2 August deadline to vacate the premises draws closer even as they continue discussions with the state government. Discussions resume tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) is calling upon the state government to give priority to the investigation on land fraud and mismanagement of Kampung Buah Pala. Its secretary-general, S Arutchelvan, is asking the government to take an injunction to stop any forced eviction until the completion of this investigation.