25 arrested for defending housing right

16 10 2008

I originally posted the appeal I received from SUARAM:

Urgent appeal: 16th October 2008

Release 25 arrested for defending housing right in Kg. Baru Plentong Tengah (KBPT)!

25 including villagers and human rights activist were arrested by the police this morning around 10.30am when they tried to save homes of the poor in Kampung Baru Plentong Tengah from being demolished by developers Bukit Lenang Development Sdn. Bhd. They have been sent to the Johor Jaya Police Station respectively.

The 25 arrested are:

1. Mohd Yusof Bin Harun

2. Mohd Daud Mohd Isa

3. Abu Baicar Bin Metan

4. Mohd Rizail Bin Jasni

5. Mohd Salleh Bin Hamid

6. Kammurul Zaman Bin Ismail

7. Mohd Faizal Bin Ridzuan

8. Mohd Zuhaidi Bin Bidi

9. Mohd Zulkurnain Mohd Nor

10. Mohd Aliff Bin Hussin

11. Kassim Mahamed

12. Norizan Mohd Aziz

13. Rohanoden Soyono

14. Mariah Abu

15. Khairudin Mohd Nor

16. Hasnor Hadi Hasan

17. Abdul Karim Bin Abdul Hamid

18. Mohamed Zahamanshan Bin Mohamed Zahir

19. Taslib Nani

20. Ardan Syah

21. Mohajmad Suied

22. Said Othman

23. Nyam Kee Han

24. Choo Shinn Chei

25. See Siew Min

SUARAM condemns the unnecessary arrest by the police. The developers and the police should not take sides because their duty is not to serve the developer in a house demolition. This is clearly an abuse of power.

We call on the police to release them immediately.

Background

Kampung Baru Plentong Tengah is located in Plentong, Johor. More than 300 families who stayed in the village for more than 20 years are facing threat of forced eviction because of development. They were given eviction notice even before their alternative houses were completed.

The villagers will follow the court order and are ready to move out from KBPT with the condition that they all will be resettled to alternative houses on Bukit Dagang. This is the minimun requirement so that they will not lose their house of living.

The villagers do not object to the resettlement but the issue of alternative houses is not solved. The villagers are ready but have never been given a chance to discuss with the developer and State Government to settle the issue.

UPDATE:

I received another email from SUARAM Johor. Looks like they are going to file a police report that reads as follows:

Pada 16/10/2008 jam lebih kurang 1000 pagi di Kampung Baru Plentong Tengah yang terletak di Plentong, Johor diduduki oleh lebih daripada 300 keluarga lebih daripada 20 tahun, telah mengalami pengusiran paksa oleh pemaju, BUKIT LENANG DEVELOPMENT SDN BHD. Penduduk kampung KBPT telah diusir keluar oleh pemaju sebelum rumah alternatif mereka di Bukit Dagang siap dibina.

Penduduk telah memohon injunksi (injunction) di mahkamah dalam bulan Ogos dan perintah Mahkamah telah menangguhkan kes ini ke 29hb Oct 2008, maka pemaju tidak patut melakukan pengusiran paksa pada hari sebelum 29hb Oct 2008.

Tetapi,pihak polis dari balai polis Johor Jaya telah menyalahgunakan kuasa mereka dengan menggunakan kereta FRU dan water canon dan menjalankan pengusiran paksa terhadap penduduk kampung ini pada hari ini pukul 10.30 pagi. Kira-kira 30 orang penduduk Kampung Baru Plentong Tengah dan beberapa kawan telah ditangkap secara haram dan ganas oleh polis di Balai Polis Johor Jaya (tel:07-3534861). Tugas polis sepatutnya ialah menjaga keselamatan orang ramai dan bukan berpakat dan berkhidmat kepada pemaju. Ini adalah suatu penyalahgunaan kuasa dan membazirkan wang pembayar cukai!

Kami meminta polis di Taman Johor Jaya melepaskan mereka dengan kadar segera. Kira-kira 20 buah rumah telah dirobohkan pada hari ini secara paksa.

FROM : http://malaysianpolitics.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/25-arrested-for-defending-housing-right/


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