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COMMENT I now come to my fourth argument on why there can be no justification by Mega 9 Development Sdn Bhd and its boss Ng Kek Kiong to forcefully and brutally demolish 10 houses in Kampong Hakka in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan, in which four people were still occupying, on Oct 31.
In most cases of eviction by court order, the bailiff appointed by the court must be 100 percent sure of the situation before he (or she) orders the demolition of a dwelling. Here, the entire eviction was carried out by the developer's lawyer, not by a bailiff.
One of the first houses demolished in Kampong Hakka, besides the village community hall, belonged to Yong Kai Hoong, which had been there for more than 50 years. He was never served with a notice that his house would be demolished.
It was a shock to the family. Jerit coordinator R Ghandi and I approached the police and the developer's lawyer, but we were prevented from reaching them. Later, when we stood to protect the house that was never given a notice before, we were arrested by the police...