Nov date for Bukit Botak settlers
Published: Fri, 20 Apr 2012
BATU CAVES: The families of 1422 Bukit Botak settlers will end a three-decade wait for homes when the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) completes their houses in November.
“The units will cost them RM99,000 each, and are expected to be completed in November, with the Certificate of Fitness (CF) issued before that,” said Selayang member of Parliament William Leong at a press conference at his service centre in Taman Selayang Jaya recently.
(From left) Mohamad, Leong and Selayang municipal councillor Zaidy Abu Talib at the press conference.
He announced that balloting for units will be carried out for the first 707 families to determine which of the single-storey semi-detached houses they will receive.
The exercise will be held at the Bukit Botak housing project site along the 9th mile, Jalan Sungai Tua in Bandar Baru Selayang on April 21.
“There has been a scam where certain agents said they were able to arrange for corner lots and are asking for a RM5,000 fee,” Leong revealed.
He advised the settlers not to be deceived by the rumour and to convey their requests for corner lots to PKNS.
He reassured the settlers that if they had not received their letters for the lot-drawing exercise, it was probably due to a clerical error and they should contact PKNS.
“They have not received letters probably because their forms are not complete – without names, addresses, or PKNS cannot contact them.”
The PKNS Shah Alam Sales Department can be reached at 03-55192211.
Another two lot-drawing sessions will be held in May and June for the rest of the settlers.
Leong explained that a delay in the project, which was initially scheduled for completion by June this year, was due to an illegal shop owner who refused to move from the project site.
“The operator has since lost an injunction in court and we were able to resume construction work,” Leong said.
He added that PKNS was still willing to assist the shop owner, despite the latter’s illegality.
“Those who don’t want the homes after receiving them can sell them back to PKNS at RM160,000,” said Taman Templer state constituency coordinator Mohamad Abd Rahman. He said this offer was made by the state due to the inability of some of the settlers to pay back the bank loan of RM99,000.
He said the longstanding issue began when the settlers who moved into the area in the 1970s were told to move out in 1986, a year after a census was taken, to make way for the construction of homes for them. But this project never materialised.
“A census was carried out by the District Office in 1985 it and managed to identify the families of the settlers. Each family was to have been given one lot each,” he said.
After 2008, Mohamad suggested that the state not only give land to the settlers but also develop it with homes and infrastructure to ensure a well planned township.