By Luqman Hakim

Buntong squatters called on the government to help sort out their land issues.

Thevasigamoney, 63, spokesman of the squatters, said that they were initially promised a relocation and a plot of land in Bemban, Batu Gajah by the previous government.

“Former Prime Minister Najib Razak allocated RM5mil to develop the new settlement project RPT Bemban,” he said after handing a memorandum regarding the issue to Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu’s special officer, Khairul Shahril at the state secretariat office.

Thevasigamoney stated that A. Sivanesan, state executive council member promised that the plot of land would still be given to the villagers as a Deepavali gift, despite Pakatan Harapan winning the 14th general election last year.

“Buntong assemblyman, A. Sivasubramaniam announced, however, that the project has been cancelled, citing unavoidable reasons and we were told that the state was instead planning for a high-rise accommodation in Buntong,” he explained.

Khairul stated that the Menteri Besar is aware of the matter and the memorandum by Thevasigamoney will be handed over as soon as possible.

“The Menteri Besar has previously requested research and suggestions to solve the issue,” Khairul said.

In the meantime, Sivasubramaniam has been contacted for responses but none were adequately given.