Friday, April 23, 2010

Coalfield Estate: Once tenants now squatters

Coalfield Estate: Once tenants now squatters from Indrani Kopal on Vimeo.

A group of workers from the Coalfield oil palm plantation in Sungai Buloh are decrying the management's tactics to 'force' them to vacate their houses.

Spokesperson Lobat Rajoo said water and electricity supply have been cut to the quarters occupied by 25 families even though negotiations are pending over the eviction order.

However, some of the workers, including Lobat's group, do not qualify for bank loans to buy the low-cost houses.

Activists and Malaysia Consumer Advisory Association president Varatharajoo Murugan, who accompanied the workers to the NUPW office, had earlier alleged that the state government has not been helpful to the group.

Selangor exco member Dr Xavier Jayakumar, who oversees estate workers' affairs, said the state has tried to intervene, even though the matter involves an industrial dispute.

Reporting by Indrani Kopal
Camera work by Maran Perianen
Voiceover by Dave Jean Kameron

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bukit Jalil Estate: Meeting comes to naught

Video by Indrani Kopal

Former workers of Bukit Jalil estate were not happy with the proposal made by the City Hall in meeting held with him.

In July 1980, the estate was acquired by the government for the purposes of development. DBKL had even hired the residents - through private contractors - to tap rubber.

Since 1994, however, the rubber trees have made way for such development projects as the ultra-modern Bukit Jalil sports complex and the equally impressive Bukit Jalil Golf Club.

While not against development, the only thing the residents have asked for is reasonable compensation for abandoning the houses that have been their homes for over four decades.

“We want our own house. We’ve been living here a long time, almost 60 years. We just want our own house,” said spokesperson T Thilagan, 54

Video by Indrani Kopal