NEARBY residents are wondering how an illegal kongsi could exist at Batu Estate in Segambut and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng recently visited the site to highlight the issue.
There are about 150 households in the kongsi which has been around for more than eight years now. The living conditions are deplorable, with children growing up amidst rubbish and chicken droppings. The rooms were shabby and the planks holding the walls together were beginning to fall apart but the residents did not seem to mind.
According to Lim, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the police and the immigration department were aware of the situation but a solution had yet to be found. “Every time I bring up the question in parliament, nobody provides a straight answer and the departments push the responsibility to the other parties,” he said. According to him, the police and the immigration have conducted raids separately instead of having a joint operation.
The kongsi was first set up by workers in charge of the Royal Domain Condominium at Jalan Putramas. However the workers failed to move out after the works were completed. Resident Supatmo, 37, said they were still bound by a contract to the developer, saying they would be involved in the third and fourth phase of development at the Batu Estate. “My wife is still working as a cleaner in the condominium and we are still bound by the contract,” he added. Supatmo, who is from
Lim, however, said that Supatmo did not have the proper documentation to stay at the kongsi. Lim also said illegal immigrants in
Source: http://thestar.com.my/metro (By PRIYA MENON, 14/1/2010)Related news: http://streets.nst.com.my/Current_News/Streets/Thursday