DBKL, don't move fire victims out of their home
On Aug 8 and 10, 2013, Kampung Chubadak, Sentul and Kampung Puah Bahagia, Bandar Baru Sentul went down in flames, resulting in almost 50 houses burnt down and 300 people left homeless in this incident.
These victims are temporarily located at Pusat Komuniti Sentul Perdana and Pusat Komuniti Taman Ibukota.
I thank Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for their ongoing efforts for searching placements to accommodate these victims, however, after speaking to most of the victims, they are hoping to be allocated permanent placements around the Batu area and not elsewhere.
Many have been offered placements in the Bukit Jalil area but these victims are hesitant to relocate as most of them have built their lives and careers around this area.
Many senior citizens who receive frequent medical treatment at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) will not be able to afford the cost to commute back and forth. They do not want to suffer again the loss of income, medical treatment and schools.
On Aug 13, I had sent an appeal letter to Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and the DBKL Housing Department director-genera, seeking their attention and goodwill to accommodate the humble request of these victims to be permanently placed in the Batu area. I sincerely hope this request can be considered and immediate action to be taken.
In general, when such an incident happens, it’s only right the victims are provided placements within the same vicinity to allow them to continue with their daily lives instead of relocating them to different areas and expecting them to start over despite them suffering a great loss.
These incidents clearly show the importance and urgency of more low-cost housing projects needed within Batu area. In addition to these victims, many more in the area still live in conditions that are exposing them to such incidents easily.
I hope the Federal Territories Ministry, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry together with DBKL will look in to this and hopefully a decision favouring the wellbeing of the rakyat can be planned immediately.
TIAN CHUA is Member of Parliament for Batu.