Families may lose homes before Raya

Kampung Tanjung Tokong spokesman Mohamad Salleh Yahaya addressing residents who received notices of eviction from developer UDA Holdings Bhd yesterday.

GEORGE TOWN - A bleak Hari Raya awaits 11 families who are facing eviction at the 174-year-old Kampung Tanjung Tokong here.

The squatters' worst fear was confirmed when they received notices from the developer, UDA Holdings Bhd, early this month.

The families will contest the notices at the magistrate's court on July 22.

Resident Abdul Wahab Seeni Ibramsah, 40, was saddened because of the harsh decision by the developer to drag the families to court.

"We want to remain in our village. Our families have lived here for generations and we are not going anywhere," Wahab said yesterday.

He said the developer should solve the compensation issue with residents instead of resorting to legal means to evict them.

"I cannot bear the thought of having to celebrate Hari Raya without a roof over my head. It will be horrible if the eviction comes true."

Another resident, Mohd Rani Mydin, 54, claimed that UDA had not offered him any compensation or alternative accommodation.

He said the developer should withdraw the legal notices against the families.

Yusmadi Yusoff, the lawyer appointed to contest the suit on behalf of the villagers, urged the Federal Government to intervene to help withdraw the eviction notices and speed up the process of gazetting Kampung Tanjung Tokong as a heritage site.

A UDA Holdings spokesperson said he would refer the matter to the management for further deliberation.