Gerakan pushes for developer to compensate squatters

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of squatters in Sentul are currently battling a developer who has been attempting to bulldoze their houses, but has so far refused to meet them for negotiations.

Represented by Batu Gerakan Service Centre coordinator Dominic Lau, they have agreed to leave the land on condition that they get suitable compensation.

“We agree that the land is owned by the developer and have no objections to leave. These families have lived here for over 50 years, you cannot just ask them to leave as you like. They need money to move out to other houses,” said Lau.

The developer, Sedang Cemerlang Sdn Bhd, had bought the land, previously owned by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), in February this year.

Lau managed to get a court order to stop the initial attempt to demolish the houses in September and legal proceedings followed in the next two months, after which the parties involved were requested by the judge to settle the matter out of court.

According to Lau, the developer has so far refused to meet with the squatters for negotiations, insisting that according to the law the land belonged to them (the developer) and that they should not be required to pay compensation.

“From my experience in Batu and Sentul, other developers in similar cases have all paid compensation,” said Lau, who argued that Sedang Cemerlang should follow suit.

“We are asking for compensation on humanitarian grounds. The developer should face the families to discuss the matter. If they fail to do so, they should not expect to get the land. We will challenge them.”

The eight families involved are currently requesting for RM30,000 each in compensation.

Lau however pointed out that according to the national policy, only families living on government-owned land are eligible for compensation from the government, said Lau.

“I will try to ask Federal Territory Minister Tengku Adnan Mansor for help,” he said.






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