Selangor State Government should push the deadline of its Zero Squatters 2005 Program by another year or two as it has failed to build sufficient low cost units by end 2005

Media Statement
Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew

(Petaling Jaya, Monday): Many families living in the squatters in Cempaka, Subang, Pandamaran, Sungei Way  and Damansara new villages are now complaining that they were not getting proper compensations from the developers and the local government before they were displaced to various transit homes.

And worse, some of the squatter families (whether first, second, third or fourth families) were not offered with low cost units simply because the state government and the developers appointed by the state government could not build sufficient low cost units in time for the dislocated people.

DAP Selangor has given our support to the State Government on its Zero Squatters Program 2005 not without conditions. We have always maintained that all affected families and individuals must be provided with proper alternative homes and adequate compensations.

Over the years, we in Selangor have accepted the policy that every single displaced family must be offered a low cost unit at a discounted price (It’s RM35, 000 for each unit for the first family).

And every second, third and fourth family must be offered a unit at RM42, 000.

Besides, the authority and the developers must provide transit homes with free deposits and free monthly rental for every affected family until their units were ready for dwelling.

On top of that, all affected families must be given some RM1, 000 as cost of moving.

These are some basic and minimum pre-requisites before any squatter family was asked to move.

DAP Selangor leaders have been cooperating with various local governments and developers in moving many people to their new homes since the nineties without much problem.

But of late, many of the affected families were not given such basic compensations and alternatives due to corruptions and mishandling by certain politicians and local governments. We found that some of the BN politicians were not aware or well versed with the state policies on such matter.

If the Selangor State Government could not build enough low cost units to replace the squatters by end 2005, it’s only sensible for Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo to push the deadline of the Zero Squatters Program by another year or two.

The State Government must also make sure all affected families were not short-changed in the process by any developers or local municipalities.

Bulldozing its program under such circumstances would only create injustices and social unrest in the state, making a mockery of its advanced state status as claimed by the Selangor Menteri Besar.

DAP Selangor will continue to monitor the progress of the Zero Squatters program in the interest of the Selangor people.



* Liu Tian Khiew, DAP International Secretary and NGO bureau chief