Saturday January 5, 2013
No compensation for damage after collapse angers Setiawangsa residents
By NICHOLAS CHENG
KUALA LUMPUR: Shocked and angry was the reaction of Bukit Setiawangsa homeowners to word that they would not receive any compensation for damage after the collapse of the 60m retaining wall near their properties.
Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin was reported to have said the Government would not compensate them and it was unfair to use taxpayers’ money.
The developer I&P Group Sdn Bhd declined to comment when asked if they would consider compensating those affected.
“What happens if the wall collapses and my family loses our home? What do they expect us to do? Get a new home?” asked resident Umair Al-Zubair.
Another resident who only wished to be known as Yeoh said they had bought their property because it was approved by the authorities.
Yeoh, who has been living in a hotel since Friday’s incident, added that the RM1,500 given by the developer was not enough.
“We have to uproot and accommodation is not cheap,” he said.
Kuldip Singh urged the authorities to focus on rectifying the collapsed slope.
Puncak Setiawangsa Residents Association assistant chairman Fauziah Jamaluddin said she was “shocked” by the minister’s comments but said it was not a final decision.
Meanwhile, an I&P official said some 300 blocks of concrete have been used to build a high protection wall between properties in the danger zone and the collapsed wall.
Setiawangsa MP Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique advised houseowners to wait until Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting for a decision.
He added that a memorandum would be handed over to the Cabinet sub-committee on Monday.