A blog visitor from Pepper Estate shares with us the reality on the ground.
The Pepper Estate resident says:
Thank you for your continued interest in Pepper Estate’s dilemma and I know that you share in common with these residents hope that a peaceful, just and fair outcome is the outcome of their perseverance, in the face of powerful interests.
Just a note to your readers.
Pepper Estate people own their own homes and have authentic sales and purchase agreements, and approved by the former landowners. Beverley Heights has that information in a register already.
Pepper Estate people are not squatters and pay their obligatory ground-rent up to the date when the former landowners and these new people have refused to take it.
Pepper Estate people are not lazy.
The majority of families have low income or are surviving on minimal pensions.
The Lim Family Trust made an economic decision (not charity) to lease this land and in the late 1960s; the ground rent rent provided them a good income over and above the quit rent due on the land (as of 23 May 2013, still only about RM8000 on almost 8 hectares) from previously unproductive orchard/graveyard land. Of course the return to them has declined and so they put a ‘For Sale ‘ sign up. Finally Beverley Heights bought it.
204 out of 293 (some have been destroyed already) house-owners have registered with the Protem Residents Association. This number is growing daily
Of these members 73 per cent of families have lived here for over 30 years, many over 40 years and 98 per cent of families want to stay in this vicinity for understandable reasons. 98 per cent want a simple obvious solution.