Solution for Kg Buah Pala?

August 4th, 2009 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Lim Guan Eng says developer agrees to share the land with the residents (7.30pm today). He is to discuss with the residents, and if they agree, problem settled.  However, Nusmetro still talking about the residents moving out – perhaps to temporary housing? And what would the coperative say?

Demolition postponed till August 18 since the residents filed an appeal and appeal will be heard on that day only. Developer can’t demolish until appeal is heard and decided upon. So, for the moment, the residents can breathe easy.

 The way I look at it, options are quite clear – (i) buy back/reclaim land, (ii) share land, or (iii) compensate and move out/evict. Each of the solution may bring another set of problems – political, financial, legal, and social.


Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Tuesday evening that the developer of the Kampung Buah Pala land has agreed to share the 2.6ha plot with the villagers.

He said he would discuss the proposal with the villagers at a meeting with them at Komtar which started at 8.05pm on Tuesday.

He spoke to reporters in a short press conference before the meeting began

Earlier, Bernama reported that the planned demolition of houses in Kampung Buah Pala Tuesday has been postponed, once again, to Friday, pending a solution to be worked out for the 23 families facing eviction from the area which is to be developed.

The villagers are scheduled to have a meeting with the state government Tuesday night.

State government representatives had met last night with the developer of the land, Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd.

Nusmetro Ventures executive director Thomas Chan said the company had come to an agreement with the state government to set Friday as the new deadline for the villagers to move out of their houses.

Chan, who was accompanied by the company’s lawyer, told reporters he would wait for the outcome of tonight’s meeting between the villagers and the state government.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy met the villagers Tuesday and said the draft of a solution was being prepared by the state government.

“We have also agreed to meet the residents at Komtar (where the state government office is located) at 7.30pm today to discuss the draft,” he told reporters after the meeting.


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