Demolition of workshops along Jln Rawang put off

Star Metro
Friday June 10, 2011
By JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ

THE demolition of 43 workshops along Jalan Rawang near Tasik Puteri to make way for a road-widening project will be postponed to July 11 from June 8.

This is to allow the business owners to look for a suitable place to relocate, while the Public Works Department (JKR) worked out a reasonable compensation for them.

During a protest against a demolition exercise yesterday, workshop owners carrying banners, questioned the Selangor government’s promise of finalising a new location for their businesses.

Business owners of the lots along Jalan Rawang are unhappy with the compensation amount.

They were also unhappy with the RM3,000 compensation offered by JKR.

Also present during the protest were Selayang municipal councillor George Gunaraj and Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Association president Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah.

Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nee and Selayang MP William Leong also joined the group later to discuss and put off the demolition exercise.

Workshop owner A. Balakrishnan, 41, said they were given three evacuation notices since November last year, however, it was impossible for them to move out because they were no proper place to relocate to.

“Gan has told us to identify a new place to relocate so she can get the approval from the government.

“We have identified an area in Jalan Tasik Puteri and Jalan Kundang, but the area was not approved by the land office because it was under agricultural zoning,” he said.

Another owner Swee Chong Wah, 60, said the compensation of RM3,000 was hardly sufficient because they had been operating at the site for about 20 years.

“What is upsetting is that JKR has compensated the utility companies, which have their pipes and cables running underground.

“But they are refusing to give us a reasonable compensation,” he said.

Gan said JKR had agreed to postpone the demolition and the state government would help to identify a suitable land for the business owners to relocate.

She said it was important to identify a land suitable for industrial business such as workshops.

“We also want the Works Ministry to look into the compensation for the business operators,” she said.

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