Kg Buah Pala folk plan 100m protest walk

(The Star) GEORGE TOWN: A group of Kampung Buah Pala residents and representatives from some non-governmental groups are expected to stage a 100m walk today to protest the development of their settlement.

Kampung Buah Pala Residents Association assistant secretary C. Tharmaraj said the walk from the Lord Sivan Hindu Temple in Jalan Datuk Keramat to the Komtar building housing the Chief Minister’s office would start at 10.30am.

He said association secretary J. Steven would lead the walk before he and several other representatives meet Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at his office to hand over a memorandum.

Tharmaraj also questioned the state government’s decision to sell two public roads in the village – Lorong Buah Pala and Jalan Kaki Bukit – as part of the land transaction.

“The roads were sold at only RM10 per square metre,” he claimed.

Lim’s political secretary Ng Wei Aik said the residents and NGO representatives were welcomed to hand over their memorandum.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid said he was aware of the rally but warned that the police did not issue any permit for such a gathering.