News: TTDI Longhouse Settlers Wants Development Of Permanent Homes To Re-Commence Immediately

Sep 21, 2018


Fed up of waiting, longhouse settlers at Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) called for the swift delivery of their permanent homes in Bukit Kiara.

Based on the Master Resettlement Agreement (MRA) signed in 2015 by the settlers and Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan, the longhouse residents were offered 100 units of affordable homes, to be built on 12 acres of land in Bukit Kiara, for free and another 100 units at a 50 percent discount of the selling price.

“The project which is developed by Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd is supposed to be completed by next year. However, due to the dispute between the developer and local residents, the construction work is now put on hold,” said Pertubuhan Penduduk Perumahan Awam Bukit Kiara group chairman Sunderam Vadiveloo after handing over a copy of the memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Department.

“We have waited 36 years to get our permanent homes, and our families including children are still living in cramped and dilapidated conditions till today.”

He noted that the 12-acre site that will be used in building the affordable homes promised to them is not part of the Taman Rimba Kiara Park – hence, should not be put on hold, reported The Edge.

“The 13-acre land of Taman Rimba Park remains untouched and unaffected by the affordable housing development, the prejudicial objections raised by the TTDI Residents Associations and Management Bodies of TTDI against this development have caused delay in the affordable housing project which has directly jeopardised the rights of the longhouse settlers,” added Sunderam.

Comprised of 98 families, the longhouse settlers used to work at the Bukit Kiara rubber estate, which was bought by the federal government.

They were resettled at longhouses that was built on a 4.4acrre plot, which forms part of the proposed high-rise and high-density development project.

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh in August proposed for the development of flats for the longhouse settlers near the TTDI market. Sunderam, however, said the residents prefer to have a permanent home at the plot of land near the Indian temple as stated in the MRA.


Image sourced from The Edge Property


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