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SPECIAL REPORT: The Grand Saga in Cheras

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They have been protesting over the past few years. A number have been arrested, some alleged they were beaten by the police.

But it appears that no end is in sight in the stand-off between the determined Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC) residents and an equally determined highway toll operator Grand Saga Sdn Bhd.

cheras toll protest 210107 tan held at neck Grand Saga has built a three-feet high concrete barrier to block an access road to the township. This resulted in commuters having to travel an additional six kilometres and pay Grand Saga 90 sen toll for every trip [see Google map below].

Emboldened by the victory of the new Pakatan Rakyat state government in Selangor, the residents have taken it upon themselves to demolish the barricade. But every time it was destroyed, the wall was rebuilt by Grand Saga. The barricade has since been erected and torn down no fewer than three times.

Malaysiakini , which has been reporting on the row since 2006, has the following stories:

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Suhakam inquiry

Another FRU personnel says he saw nothing l Aug 29

Cop: Mechanic knocked me over l Aug 28

BMC: Cop admits using force l Aug 27

BMC inquiry to continue next month l July 28

No violence used, says FRU personnel l July 25

Malaysiakini journalists take the stand l July 24

Siblings narrate BMC fracas to Suhakam l July 23

BMC: Affidavit shows police hands l July 22

BMC fracas: Suhakam inquiry begins July 23 l July 4

BMC fracas: Suhakam gathers info l June 23

2008

BMC assault victim charged with 'reckless driving' l June 10

Probe on 'BMC 4' almost completed l June 2

FRU brutality causes father sleepless nights l May 31

Cabinet wants BMC access road kept open l May 30

Suhakam condemns cops for 'excessive force' l May 30

BMC four investigated for attempted murder l May 30

'Chor, you're unfit to represent us' l May 30

Deputy home minister justifies police action at BMC clash l May 29

Khalid: Grand Saga EGM in 2 weeks l May 29

Cheras barricade goes down again l May 29

Bandar Mahkota Cheras: Your say l May 29

BMC residents take grouses to Parliament l May 29

BMC fracas: Police beat up youth l May 28

S'gor MB: State firm owns 30% of Grand Saga l May 28

Grand Saga: We're not involved in fracas l May 28

Barricade re-erected, clashes with residents l May 27

Toll operator vows to rebuild wall l May 26

MB: Resolve barricade row or we'll step in l May 14

Barricade row: Court throws out residents' injunction l May 12

Minister wants cool heads over BMC saga l May 12

Lim Lip Eng - another 'street style' MP l May 10

I would do it again, says assaulted MP l May 10

BMC residents doused and gassed l May 9

MP hospitalised after Cheras fracas l May 9

Barricade row: Pakatan state gov't 'weak' l May 9

Police fire tear gas at Cheras residents l May 8

Cheras residents in stand-off to protect toll-free road l May 7

Grand Saga 'advised' to re-erect concrete barrier l April 30

Confirmed - residents can tear down concrete barrier l April 29

Barricade row: Answers next week l April 23

2007

Trio sues cops over ‘assault’ during protest l Oct 24

21 arrested in anti-toll hike protest l Jan 21

2006

Vexed residents protest against toll hike l Dec 18

Seventh protest against barricade l Aug 22

VIDEOS

12-min video of the scuffle l May 9

10-min video of stand-off between residents and police l May 8

map of disputed access road from bandar mahkota cheras

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