Residents to PM: Help or we'll camp at your house

22 Aug 2013 | 1,296 views

It's been 70 days since a tremor caused dozens of residents of Taman Permata Dengkil scurrying out of their low-cost units in fear and onto the open area around the blocks of flats they have been calling home for the last 14 years.

For the second time this year, they have descended onto the Prime Minister's office to deliver a memo urging him to resolve their housing woes quickly.

And they have given the federal government until Sept 18 to do this, or they will shift their tents to Putrajaya. They might even attempt to move their tents to the Prime Minister's office.

The Selangor state government has already allocated land for the building of terraced houses in place of the dilapidated low-cost flats.

The federal government have agreed to build the houses. However the State government wants an undertaking that the land will indeed be used to build houses for the residents of Taman Permata Dengkil.

The 400 families are primarily former plantation workers from several oil palm estates, who were relocated to the flats to make way for the construction of the federal administrative capital of Putrajaya.

The estates were: Prang Besar, Sedgeley, Medengley and Galloway