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Sunday, July 26, 2009

> Kampung Buah Pala: Guan Eng orders stop to project



Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today ordered the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) to withdraw the development approval given to Nusmetro (P) Sdn Bhd to develop Kampung Buah Pala in Bukit Gelugor.

He said he was invoking his authority as the chief minister to revoke the decision made by the previous administration.

He said the current administration was not involved in the project, and that if the developer still wanted to proceed with the project, it must take into account the social aspects of the residents.

Speaking to reporters after launching the green building index forum organised by the northern chapter of the Malaysian Institute of Architects today, he said although the developer had the right to demolish the houses of residents, it cannot develop the land.

"If the developer wants to continue with the project, it must find a solution that will benefit all those involved, including the villagers," he said.

He said although the Federal Court's decision was in favour of the developer, it was not an excuse to neglect the residents.

The Kampung Buah Pala issue created a controversy when 23 families refused to vacate their homes although the Federal Court had dismissed their appeal to remain there.

The villagers urged the state government to intervene, claiming that several Pakatan leaders had promised to help them during the campaign for the last general election.

The land is owned by the Koperasi Pegawai Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang Berhad and will be developed for a housing project.

The developer and land owner cannot be reached for comment - Bernama.