Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Batu Caves folks hope new state govt will resolve their problem - The Star

May 20, 2008 By STUART MICHAEL

Danger zone: Two boys fishing at the bank of Sungai Ulu Yam at the Batu Caves Indian Settlement area that is frequently hit by floods.

THE residents of Batu Caves Indian Settlement in Selangor are still waiting for their land titles despite living in the area for more than 40 years.

Pannir Selvam, 52, said the Pakatan Rakyat promised to solve the land title issue in the area before the general election two months ago.

Pannir: ‘It has been three months and we have still not heard any news from PKR.’
“Some of us have received the land titles but there are still many who have not.

“Each time there is a general election, all the political parties will come to ensure us of our land titles and the same happened this year with both Barisan Nasional and PKR promising us,” Pannir said.

“PKR even took down the names of the residents. It has been three months and we have still not heard any news from them,'' he said.

Pannir said the people staying in wooden or brick houses could not repair their roofs fearing the government would ask them to move out because they did not have the grants.

“Please tell us so that we can make arrangements to move out or stay,'' he said.

To make matters worse, the settlement is also hit by floods and it has happened three times in the last seven months.

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