Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Have Local Councils Become Heartless Gangsters?

Please tell me if the following report should happen in what is claimed to be a caring society. Should unelected local authority big shots be allowed to ride roughshod over poverty stricken citizens and enforce unjust rules, just like an unholy alliance of alongs and bouncers, actively aided by the police, all for the sake and benefit of some filthy rich conglomerate? Read on....

MPAJ Demolishes 51 Homes, Homeless Left In The Rain.

The residents of Kampung Berembang, Ampang could only stand in the rain with their crying children and watch in despair as their homes of forty years were torn down by five bulldozers on the order of the Selangor government.

Their worldly belongings were scattered in piles outside their wrecked homes, drenched in the rain. Around them, hundreds of Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) enforcement officers stood and watched. Earlier in the afternoon, two of the houses were mysteriously razed in a fire. It is learned that 21 residents and activists have been detained so far for hampering demolition efforts.

This was a surprising turn of events considering that earlier this morning, the Prime Minister's Department had issued a letter addressed to Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo asking to defer the demolition of the houses to April 30, next year.

Along with representatives from some non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the residents had assembled in front of a half-completed structure which was to be the management office of a project to be undertaken there, located beside their village, as early as 8am. They had also formed a barricade of cars and wooden planks in front of their houses to prevent the bulldozers from ripping into their homes, which they claimed were built since the 1960s, when the place was still a mining area and a mini-jungle.

However, things got ugly when several of the MPAJ officers tried to force their way through and performed citizen's arrest on eight people, including two women. "We're afraid they might pull another "guerilla" tactic on us" said a resident, Norhayati Aini Mohd Yusof, 49.

She said that on Friday, bulldozers unexpectedly turned up and tore down four houses in the village while everyone was away at work. By noon, the NGOs and resident representatives had managed to get a letter from the Prime Minister's Department to stop the demolition, but the residents said they would not be placated until the bulldozers and MPAJ officers left.

It seemed that they were right in being suspicious because barely an hour after the letter was issued, a melee broke out and truckloads of Federal Reserve Unit Police had to be deployed to the site. A fire broke out in one of the houses soon after and the bulldozers made their way into the village, flattening down houses.

According to a NGO representative Y. Kohila, the houses, totalling 51 in all, were to be demolished to make way for a mega development project by the Acmar Group of Companies, to be completed by 2010.

"I, like many others, have lived here since 1964. Now that we have made the place livable and valuable, they (the state government) want to take it away from us," a resident Noralizan Ali, 43, told Bernama. "We have seen the title deed to this land. It belongs to several individuals, not the state government," he added, but refused to name the owners.

MPAJ, however, maintained that it was a squatter area and that the government had a right to evict the squatters there. There were initially 1,085 squatter homes in the Ampang district, and the council had managed to relocate all but the 51 homes in Kampung Berembang, said the MPAJ Town Planning Director Awang Mustapha Md Yunus.

The residents had filed for an injunction against MPAJ on March 6 this year to prevent it from taking any action against them, but another court ruling later overruled it.

When asked why MPAJ went ahead with the demolition despite the letter from the Prime Minister's Department, Awang Mustapha said that they had referred back to the state government who gave them the green light.

On the fate of the families from the 51 homes, he said: "We have given them ample notice, and offered to rehouse them in Kampung Muhibbah, Puchong, but they refused. "And when they filed the injunction against us, they automatically absolved their right towards any kind of compensation. We are no longer obliged to rehouse or compensate them."

-- BERNAMA

***** After reading that how do you feel? Can a mere Majlis Perbandaran functionary overrule a directive from the PM's Department without the tacit approval of that slimy shorty in the Menteri Besar's office? Is there no limit to Khir Toyo's greed? He has been accused of almost every offence in the book of graft but still remains in the chair and now acts as the nation's dictator, Aduh Hitler.

Who are the people behind this Acmar Group of Companies? How many politicians, active and retired, former senior civil servants and assorted criminal types sit on its board of directors or are directly/indirectly on its payroll? Why the indecent haste and the brutal show of force bringing in hundreds of majlis thugs as well as the FRU? What's in it for Khir Toyo and the senior officials of the MPAJ? What compels them to take the side of a powerful and wealthy business entity against the pitiful grinding poverty, the evicted victims so starkly represent? And finally what is the publicly humiliated Prime Minister's Department going to do about this gross act of insubordination?

Related posts:
1) MPAJ - The Evil Authority.
2) Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) - MURDERERS.

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24 Comments:

Blogger PabloPabla said...

Is there no place in Ampang to rehouse these residents than to send them kilometres away to Puchong?

11:25 AM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

I think PabloPabla, that it's part of the strategy employed by these evil people; give a difficult option which may not be complied with easily and then evict with no further obligation to compensate.

11:59 AM GMT+8  
Blogger devonic said...

Just few weeks ago I was discussing with a fellow blogger about the woes going through by the Kampung Berembang folks...And what I told him actually happened...
FYI, I know within the back of my hand what is happening in Kampung Berembang...The reason is my whole maternal side was and still a part of the Kampung Berembang villagers...Even my future mother in law is still residing there...

Only one thing shows off in a very obvious way in the K.Berembang case.Sheer corruption and the rampant human rights abuse...
As for info..K.Berembang was divided to 2 internal village.On one side it was populated by the Malays and the other side by Chinese and Indians...About 2 years ago the K.Berembang villagers were told to march out to make way for the ongoing SMART project..The first wave hit the Non-Malays area..They were given each RM7000 as rent fee for two years while awaiting for low cost houses to be build for them..And the two years have passed..They were again promised another RM7000.But they are still no news about it..And the rumours goes by that there's no such thing and no houses are to be given...The relocation process left about 5 to 7 families behind..They were told it is not in MPAJ's land and it was under Federal Territory care..But they are constantly threaten that their houses will be brought down..After two years of negotiation,they were told to buy low cost houses some where in a 'hulu' place..with no discount or benefit...Remind you..Selangor gov publicly said, the squatter relocation program carried out,were to relocate the squatters to low cost houses with reduced price..But this didn't happen in K.Berembang.And to date my m/in law is still there in fear of constant flooding,the influx of the Indonesian immigrant who always eyeing our young girls there,and high volume of criminals hiding there...Yesterday the same thing happened to the Malay dominated area...What when wrong...
First of all the relocation program was coordinated by the BN leaders and the Ketua Kampung..Each houses were to be given RM7000 as rent fees for 2 years..What these so called leaders did was,they falsify documents and declared as many houses which were not there..
During the 'banci' taken years ago,the hoses registered were only a hand full.For e.g there were about 200 registered homes.Suddenly there were about 600 houses registered during the relocation..These leaders falsify this and took the money allocated to these houses..So when the MPAJ wanted to relocate the villagers,they were told there are no such houses for you..It's hard to prove this case..But any of you are welcomed at all time to go to K.berembang and ask the villagers there...They will tell you about the suffering gone through there...

My grand father cleared land that which were still a huge forest,he mowed down ahiil and flattened it nearly 40 years ago..My mum's family,my aunties and uncles were living there until chased out by MPAJ last year...I virtually grew there...So i know what this son of guns did to the K.Berembang folks and may they rot in eternity...
I don't like to curse but these guy's have gone over board..
Imagine the place you grew ,were brought down just for the cunning plans of others...To date i'm still worried about the K.Berembang folks whom I know by names most of them...My prayers is with them and my condemnation is with the MPAJ,the Selangor Gov and the The chief in arms, the dentist for allowing this to happen in a "Developed state".....
Shame on those involved....

12:40 PM GMT+8  
Blogger devonic said...

And for 'the malaysian' I'm sorry i stormed your blog...But it is a long story and I can't help to cut it short...By the way the list is very long if to put it in a clearer picture..Sorry man..

12:43 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

You're welcome devonic. In fact it's a good thing that you've described in detail the terrible injustice done and the underhanded criminal activities of the higher-ups. I hope that those who read this, especially the bloggers will highlight this in their blogs.

1:00 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Acmar is the company founded by Datuk Steven Tee from Klang. This company was the developer for Bandar Baru Klang.

http://bumiputera.blogspot.com

1:27 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous spaceman said...

so demolishing zakaria's palace is still not possible?

8:07 AM GMT+8  
Blogger devonic said...

Are we still hoping they will be demolishing Abang Zack's palace...Even our dear Kit Siang is fighting for the another Palace now..(the Maya Palace)..we have to wait for the Martians to do it for us...
If anyone interested to get a first-hand of what is going on, in K.Berembang,it's just a few block away from KLCC...From KLCC just take any bus heading towards Ampang,and get down at the Bus stop just after Ampang Gleneagles Intan.Walk 10 minutes towards the Ampang direction and you'll see a construction site on your left...That's K.Berembang..or what is left of them...
And I really wonder,what methodology used by our dentist to reduce the squatters in Selangor..Maybe ' we-make-money-the -poor-go-to-the-street' policy....
Can they tell us how many people were actually relocated and the economic status of that people..wonder why your normal 'ketua kampung' who was riding a Vespa for the past years and suddenly gets himself a 'Merc' and a councillor tittle during a relocation process...And don't even talk about the councillor's 'extra income'...
There's a movie from Kollywood(India,Tamil Nadu's Hollywood version) named INDIAN...Wished the same character was here...Then only these politicians a.k.a. 'corruptians' are roasted...

11:07 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, the whole system is corrupted to the core! The MB and the Little Napoleons are scratching each other's back. When caught the dentist turned MB of the 'Most Developed State' in the whole world will deny any knowledge of the whole thing!

He is the central player in all things related to land.

Its all left to Pak Lah. Hopefully he finds courage to do somthing drastic soon.

And another thing. We might as well dismantle KPKT or at least declare Ong Kah Ting has absolutely NO POWER whatsoever when it comes to these local authorities.

The whole thing is screwed up man!

11:30 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets teach the government a lesson in the coming 12th General Election!

11:55 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this coming general election i am going to campaign for KEADILAN till my last drop of sweat, where i see only this party and the advisor can save the grassroots malaysians from the wrath of the greedy and racialist politician of the present ruling party.

3:33 PM GMT+8  
Blogger devonic said...

One day a family cleared a land,built houses and raised his family there.He wanted to buy the land.When enquiry was made at the land office it was a no man land as this was a norm 45 years ago...Who owned a forest back then...For the years subsequent, the area surrounding him started to flourish,it became a high valued parcel...For 45 years the settler tried to buy the land..But it was the same old story always..."You apply la,we'll see what we can do"..Suddenly 45 years later ,there's a owner to the land, a big conglomerate or even a wealthy trader...He gives you notice of eviction..And you have no choice..Being a poor family they only had the government to rely upon..Government said, we have a plan for people like you.We'll delegate it to your community leaders the means of helping you out..You waited for the help and suddenly some one knocked your door,shoving a bulldozer at your face...And let me ask you,if this face was yours and this happened in your house and at your kampung..Would you be rejoicing for the owner or the bogus tenant...Back in kampungs how many houses were actually bought by individuals..It came through application to the land office and a small amount of money way back then...
The important issue was not that my family was evicted...But what they did and the the criminal measures taken makes me sick...
And for reality where did NEP stand when the 51 Malay family was evicted..They were no recipients of "Datuk-ship" but rather some common people with income lower than a most of us...They were supposed to be the real targeted picture of the NEP melodrama..
What when wrong...
For me it was not an issue whether the owner was wrong,or the bogus tenant was wrong..If the squatters were built lately in the 90's era, when most land in M'sia have their owner,I would without doubt put my bet upon the rightful owner..But this happened when it was a no man's land..a place where similar to the kampung, our elders made years ago...
I rest my case...In a football match only those who were playing would know the pain and the effort he had in it...and others remained to watch the play and comment..

9:34 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My God, when the government is spending millions to send a person to space to play games and make 'teh tarik 'and all those white elephant projects ; yet there are no proper housing for the people who are in need , what is wrong with these so-call caring leaders??? They are so evil ,so heartless..............
Are'nt they worry what will be the punishment for them in after-life???

1:34 AM GMT+8  
Blogger warrior2 said...

devonic the question is, does your families and those others have a right on the land? sure you claimed that the men tried to purchase the land. well, i am sorry that your familly didnt get it and it went to someone else. you were offered compensation and then notice of evacuation, but you refused. hmmm if you are the legal landowner how would you feel and what do you do?

just like many other cases, recent being a jurnalist thigh being focussed on by the CCTV, the real victim is not the victim . in this land case, everybody is condemning the council and the government but not the men!

8:48 AM GMT+8  
Blogger devonic said...

Let me put it this way...
The question to whether my family and others have a right or not?
We certainly do not....If there's already a legal owner...And for one sure thing I know, the only ,again, the only compensation offered to the folks there was....An offer to buy a low cost apartment in Bukit Belacan, the end of the Jalan Ampang...And some were offered to kampung Muhibbah ,Puchong..God knows where is it..The project were still under planning...The offer to was at the price of RM 45,000...This was not any kind of compensation.You can buy from other housing developers low cost houses at that price and so it's not deemed as compensation.
For my family it was not a big issue..My relatives shifted out at the point of notice of eviction was served...What happened to the rest of poor people there...And when I mean poor,most of them are really poor and old.My mother in law still staying there for a different reason..It's a personal reason for her family and I'm not entitled to discuss it up front.But I want to state clearly,she is not demanding for compensation.
The thing again,I was pointing out was, not the suddenly-appeared-owner or not on the illegal owners.What I pointed out was, the rampant corruption and high hand tactics used...When the government said there was a compensation for the people there and the eviction was suspended for further talks.Then where the money went...The people there knows..And that is the reason why it is a big fuss there now..
It's not the owner who brought the place down..It was MPAJ...And if you happen to pass by Kg.Berembang,you won't miss a big sign board..Land for Sale...The people there are angry, because they know,money was already handed out to compensate them by the legal owners and the government.But that money never reached them and their hardship became a cruise ship for corrupted leaders who were entrusted to handle this issue...
I can't be bothered if I'm miss quoted...What I wanted to highlight was the plight of the people there against the gangsters of MPAJ not to turn my family to a beggar level..The issue that ponders is corruption and gangsterism involved in the Kg.Berembang case.I highlighted my own family and relatives to shed some scenario on how they(the Kg. Berembang folks) feel...Do you care what your council feels, if it says they are the legal owner now and asks you out after your 99 years leasehold finish...And they employed gangsters to pull you out from there suddenly and torched your house..I know you won't mind,cause the issue for you was they are the legal owner now...Again my friend...Forget about my family..We live very well...The only person who need something is the poor people left behind,with no place to go and to teach the councils to be little more approachable and to crush this corrupted man and woman in any given situation....

7:36 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous nat said...

i wish i had come across this posting earlier. i did quite a bit on research on Acmar and who's been involved with them over time, and here's what i found out.

3:27 AM GMT+8  
Blogger warrior2 said...

devonic, your family and those others are squatters, you have no right to the land. all these years all of you benefitted from squatting on the land.

in malaysia, it is so easy to get something from nothing illegally. thats why over the years, there had been many cases of squatters who after sometime, will demand this and that and who is made the culprit? the landowners and the government. get a group of men, build houses, stay there a number of years and when asked to get out, will demand this and that as though they have every right.

the country (landowner - private or govt)) dosent owe you anything infact you owe them everything. you argue on the basis of justice. well sorry my friend, you dont have a case!

as to those who are poor, well dont blame everybody else for being poor!

8:36 AM GMT+8  
Blogger devonic said...

First of all,the point of argument is not whether we are fighting for compensation or dire need for money..And my family are well off from the KG.Berembang issue..The pointed issue was the corruption and the basic human right which were broken..If a man has made up his mind,there's no way you can prove him otherwise..It's either arrogance or sheer ignorance.And I don't blame any one for this..You have to be there or take some effort like our good MR NAT above...And kudos to you NAT..You've done well...I strongly advice, to follow the link in NAT's article to see a clearer picture on what happened and happening..Pictures are included..(free of charge,I hope so NAT).
By the way it's put,even the land in outskirt kampung are squatters..And KG.Berembang did not have a owner till there were hearsay's on development on a rocketed valued parcel of land..And do not undermine the effort the villagers there put ,in order to buy the land for years..And I do find it's a waste of my time to answer baseles questions..For the poor,we are not blaming anyone..We are just asking to help them..On a hunmanitarian basis..Join the ship or just ship out..That's why NEP was created and we have a vision to eradicate poverty to 0% before 2020..Not just to show we are economically strong but to actually live in a better world..Even though I agree with your argument on squatters,but KG.Berembang issue was just not about compensation..It has corruption and misdeed painted all over them...
Do not believe what you see....
Do not believe what you hear...
Do not believe what you smell...
Come forth and find out yourself..
Cause there's no truth apart from the real one..

4:42 PM GMT+8  
Blogger warrior2 said...

devonic, you are an interested party and thus i can understand you being emotional and have great interest about the whole issue.

all land have owners (private or government)!
those people are squatters!
squatters take over people/government land and later on become a nuisance and a problem and demand certain rights and sympathy when asked to leave!
squatters are a menace to society/country!
squatters destroy/pollute the environment, live an unhygenic life (some settelment dont have proper sanitary system), some curi water and electricity etcetc..
my view is that we should never allow any illegal settlement (squatters) by law and who ever does it be punished severely!

4:58 PM GMT+8  
Blogger devonic said...

Gosh..I think I have to take up Latin classes..
Again I state my stand clearly...I and my family don't have a single interest in this issue in regards to MONEY and PROPERTY...My only interest is that, the violations and the sheer misdeed by people entrusted to carry out certain policy there are pointed out.
No two clouds are alike and so does are our views..I am talking about a different point and you keep on barging in a different point...I guess maybe you have a so called a "squatterphobia"...
There were no squatters 30 years back...Wonder why...?..And this people are not called illegal immigrants compared to who just occupied the land...They are termed as settlers by various recognised organisation just like those who open up a settlement e.g some Kampung Andak in Mentakab Pahang..(an example)...Are they squatters..Or the reason ,the government provided them that you clear the land and we'll give it to you, is in a different context...

There's no point for me to clarify further because comments and critics should be constructive rather childish and out of tempo..Even a friend of mine smirked me that this guy is not commenting on a problem...he's out there to justify his stand...With a open mind ,I would to wish all the best for this new friend to pursue his dream of eradicting the squatters,maybe you should join Khir Toyo in his vision..I wish you were here when Independnce was achieved and a fully functional government was formed...Then only by your views that squatter residents could be punished and the poors 'no need to help' plan could have been implemented..At least your course of action would have saved us from NEP...
And I'm really sorry to The Malaysian to storm your blog..Anyway I like your blog a lot and will continue my journey here...

6:55 PM GMT+8  
Blogger warrior2 said...

devonic, my point being, when those others moved out, why dont those 51 families?
if you think you have a case, get out first and fight it in the court. if you had moved out, there wont be any kg beremban demolition issue and many including you and me wont be talking about it. the moral is, do things legally!
every "problem/issue" starts with "something". if there is no that "something", there is no problem/issue! remember the cctv reporter issue? remember mukhriz speech? remember some of the racist speech of some umno delegates at the UMNo ga? if those things dont happened, we wont be talking about them at all.
you do need to take up the latin class!

8:47 AM GMT+8  
Blogger devonic said...

It seem you do not know what is actually happening in Kg.Berembang..Kg.Berembang is divided to at least two sides of village..One is mostly populated by Chinese and Indians which is nearer to the army camp and the Risda..Only few houses remain on that side because MPAJ says it's no under their jurisdiction..But the case where the 51 families were involved is on the other side which is nearer to Gleneagles Intan which is populated by mostly Malays..They are still having cases pending in courts and a letter from The Prime Minister's office to halt any demolition work until the courts decide against..The MPAJ broke all legal rules and illegally detained people..The others didn't move on their own...They were awarded a chance to buy a low cost apartment which is now hanging on a white cloud..Go my friend and find some facts first before judging people...a lesson I learnt earlier...

5:38 PM GMT+8  
Blogger warrior2 said...

like i said devonic, if those people had moved out when notice was issued, there wouldnt have been an issue.

the article spoke about notices were issued, a court ruled against the squatters, relocation and compensation was offered. if these people think that there was hanky panky in the issuance of the title to the developer, take it up legally if there is CBT . thats another issue.

do you think they have a right to the land? they might have applied but they didnt get it. people speculate about wrong doings. if they have prove, sue MPAJ or/and the government!

5:59 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous shepherdofsuns said...

hi I just came back from Kg Berembang and would like to share my thoughts on the issue re
"if those people had moved out when notice was issued, there wouldn't have been an issue".

before I start - I would like to state that I do not have any relatives nor friends in Kg Berembang, didn't have a clue where it was until two weeks ago - I am just a malaysian citizen who is digusted by what is happening.

1. The 51 families who were told to move to puchong where the ones who were labled as "troublemakers" from day one. Puchong is 27km away, and if I am not mistaken, there is a policy that if you have to relocate, it should be max 2km (can someone please verify this?) is there a reason why these 51 families were not allocated a place to stay in Ampang?
2. Moving is not just about moving a family physically - it is about uprooting the whole social network, schools, work, communnities - maybe someone can run a check at the nearby Gleneagles and/or the business community around it to see how many of their workers are fr Kg Berembang?
3. Does it matter if "they" are illegals, squatters or not? Human beings deserve to live with dignity and respect, irregardless from where they are from, what their beliefs are and who their parents are. 13 year old girls should not have to live to see their mothers being pushed and shoved, see their homes being destroyed.
4. The residents took the MPAJ to court and apparently the developers were there - this sounds very suspicious to me.
5. Developers were buying ice-cream to MPAJ who where there to demolish.
6. I never understood why the Palestinians fought so hard for a strip of land until my lecturer told me that it is not just land, it is a sense of community, identity and most of all dignity. Now I understand.

I do hope that if the parties who claim to have a right to have done what they have done, come out right and show the documentation. If there is nothing to hide, why don't we read this in the mainstream (with this I mean the Media Prima and Huaren Holdings)owned papers?

6:46 PM GMT+8  

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