Set up investigative committee to probe claims of ethnic cleansing in Penang

The majority of those on the receiving end in the Penang property, employment and business scenes have consistently been the non-Chinese. Source (pic): Malaysiakini

TTF: The eviction of 22 residents of the Taman Manggis People’s Housing Project (PPR) was labeled illegal as the process was done without a proper court order, according to Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz, a lawyer representing seven of the 22 families.

On the 28th of February 2019, TTF wrote:

The Third Force has for years maintained that the state DAP administration was discriminative against the non-Chinese and deliberately transformed Penang into an enclave for the rich and famous with emphasis on investment by Hong Kong Chinese.

The previous Lim Guan Eng government selectively enforced licensing regulations, penalties and evictions on non-Chinese hawkers but continuously allowed Chinese food operators to sprawl businesses illegally along the streets of Chai Ling Park, Komtar and Sunway Hotel, among others.

TTF hereby challenges Jagdeep to display the racial breakdown of those evicted at the Taman Manggis PPR and prove that all Chinese residents who were not served eviction notices are truly qualified to occupy their units.

A study conducted by our team presents a compelling case against the Penang government bordering on “ethnic cleansing” activity in the state’s property scene.

TTF calls for the Penang state government to display all tenancy records to a special investigative committee or Commission of Inquiry established to look into ethnic cleansing claims by The Third Force.

The committee or commission should comprise representatives from all political parties and key NGOs and should be accorded jurisdiction to subpoena persons and confidential documents.

I would personally like to be involved with this committee.

GEORGE TOWN: The eviction of 22 residents of the Taman Manggis People’s Housing Project (PPR) was labeled illegal as the process was done without a proper court order.

Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz, a lawyer representing seven of the 22 families, said the move goes against Section 7 (2) of the Specific Relief Act 1950. A notice on the matter was served on State Secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus today (Friday).

He said the eviction action also runs contrary to Article 13 of the Federal Constitution.

“The Penang government has indeed trespassed and committed a criminal act by threatening the residents.

“In fact, they threatened to lock the residents in their houses if they refused to cooperate during the eviction exercise on Wednesday. If that had happened, they could have been sued according to ‘habeas corpus’.

“The eviction also does not make sense, apart from it being against the government’s so-called ‘rule of law’,” he said.

Khairul Azam said the residents have also been advised to file a suit against the Penang government over the action.

“Any decision, as to whether they intend to sue the state government or otherwise, will only be known next week.

“We will see the state government in court if the affected residents intend to sue.

“I also advised them (the residents) that any discussions should only be held with a lawyer present as per Article 5 (3) of the Federal Constitution,” he added.

He said the state government’s decision to allow the affected residents to return to their homes did not arise during his discussion with the Penang government earlier.

Six of the seven families are currently seeking shelter at the Komtar walkway.

They were given temporary respite today as with immediate effect until Sunday, they would be allowed to return home.

The good news was conveyed to them by Seberang Jaya assemblyman Dr Afif Bahardin, who called on the families this morning.

Speaking to the New Straits Times, Dr Afif said he had spoken to state Local Government and Housing Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo, and got the nod for the residents to return home.

However, it is understood that the residents would not be doing so.

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