Kg Buah Pala: Four accept house offer by developer

(The Star) – GEORGE TOWN: Four of the 24 Kampung Buah Pala houseowners have agreed to the compensation offered by developer Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd.

Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer said the four signed the agreement last Friday before the offer expired on noon that day.

“Initially, 15 houseowners agreed to the offer but only four turned up to sign the deal at Deputy Chief Minister II Prof Dr P. Ramasamy’s office.

“It is most unfortunate that the rest who did not sign have prepare for the worst,” he said last night.

Asked whether the state government would help the other houseowners to negotiate with the developer if they changed their minds, Rayer said it would be difficult.

“The developer is quite firm in its stand and I don’t want to comment further,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Rayer said all the villagers should accept the double-storey terrace houses offered by Nusmetro as the houses would be built within the same plot of land.

“The developer has even agreed to build a temple. Those who missed the offer should wake up and think about the nine houseowners who had move out with less compensation, ranging from just RM40,000 to RM80,000 before the general election last year,” he said after the state assembly sitting.

Rayer also explained that his promise of protecting the village “over my dead body” was made on condition that the villagers had to vacate their homes without getting a single sen.

“The circumstances is different now.

“They’re offered double-storey houses worth about RM500,000. I don’t see any reason for me to stand in front of the bulldozers,” he said.