Residents want Seri Delima rep to quit

(The Star) GEORGE TOWN: Residents of Kampung Buah Pala – popularly known as the state’s High Chaparral – have called for the resignation of Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer and for a by-election to be held.

Kampung Buah Pala Residents Association secretary J. Steven said Rayer did not deserve to be their assemblyman as he had failed to fulfil his pledge to help them solve their problems.

The residents are facing the possibility of being evicted from their homes within weeks after the Federal Court ruled in the developer’s favour recently.

“He had promised us that our village would be safe and that it would be over his dead body that the village would be taken away from us.

“But now, he’s avoiding us and whenever we request for a meeting with the Chief Minister, he tells us that the Chief Minister is not free to meet us,” Steven said at a gathering of some 30 residents, who protested in front of Rayer’s house in Tingkat Tembaga, Island Park, last night.

Association chairman M. Sugumaran said the residents also wanted to seek advice and an explanation from Rayer on why he had failed to inform them about a writ of possession dated July 2 issued to them.

He said George Town OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abdul Hamid had informed the residents that they were to vacate the village by July 2.

“We were advised not to disturb the court bailiff or to cause any trouble on that day.”

Sugumaran said the residents felt betrayed by both the previous and the present state governments as nothing had been done to help the residents.