Monday, August 16, 2010
Forty One. Just a number? A number in a list?
Or forty one homes … not houses … homes. Forty one families. Hundreds of lives.
41 families are all that is left of the once vibrant community of Bukit Jalil Estate. They know they cannot remain. Some of them who remain once worked in the estate.
They have been there for 70-over years. They have laboured and contributed to national development for meagre wages. Many have passed on and to take their places are their children and grandchildren. What they want is fair and equitable compensation for the toil.
For the years of low wages. For their contribution to 53 years of national development.