Murugiah vs Saravanan – Kg Pandan Indian Issue
Murugiah vs Saravanan
Residents relating their plight to Saravanan (right).
KUALA LUMPUR: Who will have the final say in the relocation of 196 squatter families in the Kampung Pandan Indian Settlement?
Will it be Federal Territories Deputy Minister M. Saravanan or Public Complaints Bureau chief Senator T. Murugiah?
The squatters are hoping that Murugiah will prevail.
They are against the move by Saravanan to shift them temporarily to Puchong.
Instead, they are holding on to hope that Murugiah will be able to help them get flats in Seri Alam, Sungai Besi.
“The families are not in favour of shifting to Puchong and they have asked me to help.
“They say there are units available in Seri Alam. I will check on their claims,” he said.
Murugiah was asked to comment after Saravanan had said that the families would be moved to the Puchong Muhibbah public housing flats.
Saravanan said the squatters had agreed to move out from their homes within a month of receiving a guarantee letter that they will be allowed to return to Kampung Pandan once the public housing flats were built. The deadline for them to shift is March 14.
Saravanan had said this during a meeting at the MIC hall in Kampung Pandan on Thursday which saw a heated argument between the squatters and the deputy minister.
City Hall has agreed to provide lorries to help the squatters shift to Puchong and give RM1,000 compensation.
However, the squatters are adamant in moving to Sungai Besi.
Settlement Action Committee head S. M. Suresh Kumar said their main concern was that their children’s schooling would be disrupted if they move to Puchong.
Suresh added: “The Seri Alam flats are only 15 minutes away from their school and it is also convenient for many of the residents who work in the city.”
Suresh said the residents were shocked when told by Saravanan that the Seri Alam flats were no longer available.
“We are getting contradicting statements.”
City Hall wants to relocate the squatters to make way for an access road connecting Taman Maluri and Ampang