Tuesday August 21, 2012
Seven pre-war shophouses to be demolished first
By EDMUND NGO
ONLY seven of the 54 pre-war shophouses in Kampung Kepayang near Ipoh will be demolished for the time being.
Assuring those staying at the shophouses located on the old trunk road between Simpang Pulai and Gopeng that they need not move out immediately as feared, Batu Gajah District Council president Datuk Jamry Sury said only the seven units, which were uninhabited, would be demolished first.
It was reported in The Star last Saturday that sub-contractors had started to barricade some of the buildings while asking those staying there, mostly tenants renting from owners of the shophouses, to move out immediately.
Earlier in November last year, Jamry had announced that the council would tear down the buildings as they were deemed unsafe, adding that the road expansion works would be carried out after that.
“The demolition of the seven units is part of phase one of demolition works.
“They need to be torn down fast for safety reasons.
“We do not want a repeat of the incident in Fair Park, Ipoh, when two people were killed after a row of dilapidated shophouses fell onto their car in 2009,” Jamry said after visiting the site on Friday.
The demolition would take place at the end of this month, he added.
“The second phase of demolition will take place in September. It will involve 10 other units.
“These are also vacant units. Similar to the seven units, all their owners have agreed to the demolition,” Jamry said.
Jamry assured those who were still staying there that ample time would be given to them to move.
“I have resolved the misunderstanding with the sub-contractor and they will not tear down any other buildings that have not been marked for demolition, and so the tenants can rest easy,” he added.