KUALA LUMPUR, July 1, 2015:
Hindraf wantsthe government to provide alternative housing and adequate compensation following the demolition of houses at a plantation here.
Its chairman, P. Waytha Moorthy claimed the lack of alternative plans will not be taken lightly by the Indian community.
It was reported last month that 25 families from the Segambut Estate were forcefully evicted and their homes demolished.
The new owner had obtained the eviction orders from the court in September.
Waytha Moorthy, in a statement, also claimed two pre-Merdeka temples in the area could also be demolished.
“We urge Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to not ignore the plight of the displaced estate Indian community and their promises made to the Indians in the MoU agreed in 2013.
“It is time the government formulate national policies to address these problems faced by the Indian community.”
The former deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department also said research showed 800,000 Indians were displaced from plantations since the 1970s.
He also claimed former estate workers have been battling the Government and developers for over 30 years.
Waytha Moorthy went on to allege that an assurance had been given to the former plantation workers that they would be compensated after the land was sold to a developer.
The developer, however, he said, went into liquidation in 1991 and so “did the promise to the workers”.
The subsequent purchaser, Waytha Moorthy alleged, has since labelled the houses in the area as being squatters.
It was also reported last month Kuala Lumpur City Hall had allocated 12 public housing units to the Segambut Estate residents on humanitarian grounds.
Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan was reported to have said the residents had been living on private land and were not eligible for public housing.