Buah Pala lots go to PKR men

Property News/ 25 October 2011 Leave a comment

GEORGE TOWN: Allegations have surfaced accusing Pakatan Rakyat politicians of giving special preference to their cronies in awarding lots for the Kampung Buah Pala compensation houses.

Following the handing over of keys for the 24 lots on Sunday, it was found that the personal assistants of DAP and PKR leaders received the coveted corner lots.

One went to outspoken villager M. Santha, 49, who works as a special assistant to Batu Uban PKR assemblyman S. Raveen Tharan, while the other went to R. Karunakaran, 65, a personal assistant to state Tourism Development and Culture Committee chairman and Batu Lanchang DAP assemblyman Danny Law Heng Kiang.

Karunakaran said lots had been drawn for the houses and receiving a corner unit had been a pleasant surprise for his family.

“As the lots were drawn randomly by the developer, we were astonished by the results,” he said.

Santha said she was happy with the compensation received as she had been renting a house in Brown Garden, Gelugor, during the interim period.

When asked about the issue during a break in a state assembly sitting yesterday, Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy denied that the state was involved in the selection of the lots.

“The state had no hand in this. We only mediated the (compensation) deal. Everything else was handled by the developer who drew lots for the houses,” he said.

The 24 double-storey houses were part of a compensation package offered by property developer Nusmetro Ventures (P) Sdn Bhd who are currently developing the former Kampung Buah Pala site.

Source: The Star

  1. Eva
    October 27th, 2011 at 09:31 | #1

    duh… this few days only see news of people criticize on small issues in penang, general election is near and the star, marina emmanuel’s intention are so obvious….

  2. erichoon81
    October 27th, 2011 at 15:01 | #2

    nothing to shout about la… Most of Penang people are from PR. It wont be suprise if the whole Kampung Buah Pala are PR supporter. Left corner, middle or right corner PR men wont suprise me. The state gov has fight for them a LANDED PROPERTY IN PENANG ISLAND as compensation.

  3. Jeff
    October 27th, 2011 at 16:15 | #3

    Well…both corner units gone to the PR men, if this is done through a random lot-drawing then I would say its too good to be a coincidence. Again, either BN or PR, please don’t think rakyat are fool and treating us like one, especially certain issue which is so so obvious. Where is the transparency?

    To me i don’t mind to just declare that these 2 people spent the effort, gone through the hardship and contributed significantly to the whole issue and finally get it resolved. So they reserve something better in this case a corner unit as a form of appreciation. Case close.

    of course I can accept, perhaps not the others Buah pala residents.

  4. CK
    November 2nd, 2011 at 12:57 | #4

    Just to verify some facts:

    1) Karunakaran did not get the corner lot… His sister got it.
    2) If the residents were not happy with how the lots were drawn, why make noise only after one year after the lots were drawn? I’m sure there is an objection period….

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