Friday, August 28, 2009

Kg Buah Pala issue, are't these villagers commiting contempt of courts??

The Kg Buah Pala issue in Pulau Pinang, has been dominating the news in Malaysia in the past one month.

Some residents continue to defy orders including orders from the highest possible authority in Malaysia that is the Federal Court, to vacate the land which does not belong to them.

So to my understanding, those who go against the court decision are commiting an offence known as contempt of court, and this offence is punishable in the court of law!!

Read this news report on the latest kg Buah Pala issue - source NSTP Online/Bernama

Kg Buah Pala residents refuse to vacate land

PENANG: The villagers of Kampung Buah Pala, Penang's High Chapparal, will not move out by Sept 1 despite the eviction order by the Federal Court, chairman of their residents association M.Sugumaran said today.

"Our stand remains the same for not moving out from the village unless a solid compensation agreement is achieved with the developer, Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd," he told Bernama today.

He said the double-storey houses offered by the developer would only be built in the next two years and the villagers felt insecure to accept the offer.

"We have nowhere to stay if we move out now," he said.

He also claimed that the state government had yet to issue a demolition order to developer and therefore the demolition on Sept 1 was illegal.

The Kampung Buah Pala villagers will have to vacate their land by Wednesday, 2nd September 2009, following the Federal Court decision on Aug 20 which rejected the appeal of the 23 families to stay on the 2.6ha land.

The developer had failed in its two attempts to demolish the village due to protests by the affected families.

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