Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim has promised to deliver a solution to the decade-long PJS 1 longhouse saga within three months, after receiving a memorandum from the representatives of the remaining 30 families.
He said a meeting will be arranged next week with the developer Peter Brickworks Sdn Bhd, who was tasked to build low-cost flats for the residents.
A reliable source told Komunitikini that the state government proposes to build low-cost flats and a school on the 11-acre plot of land.
“If I can secure a meeting with them, I will tell you the result the following week,” he said.
The residents, led by Block E residents action committee chairman, M Sugumaran, also asked Khalid to fulfil the promise of improving on the deplorable condition of the residents’ current longhouse, tackle flash-floods, and sorting out their bank interest payments.
Khalid revealed that the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council has informed the state government that is yet to receive allocations from Lembaga Perumahan dan Hartanah Selangor (Selangor Properties and Housings Board) to carry out the work.
The long-standing issue of PJS 1 began in 2000 when the families of Kampung Muniandi were promised low-cost flats by the developer, Peter’s Brickworks Sdn Bhd, who had wanted to acquire their land.
The residents were then accommodated in longhouses, while the low-cost flats were being built.
The developer subsequently completed all the blocks of low-cost flats, except for Block E, whose purchasers were left in a lurch due to a court injunction obtained by nearby bungalow residents, who objected to the high-rise building.
A condominium was then erected in the middle of the longhouse enclave, which divided the community into two.
The developer since last year has been asking the four families living at one side of enclave to shift out; and when the attempts were futile, they sought court order to demolish the longhouses in June.
The land was vacated to facilitate construction of a luxury condominium.