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Bulldozers ready to demolish Indian village in Malaysia

Bulldozers ready to demolish Indian village in Malaysia
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First Published: Thu, Aug 13 2009. 03 53 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Aug 13 2009. 03 53 PM IST
Kuala Lumpur: Bulldozers were ready to move in to demolish a tiny village inhabited by ethnic Indians in northern Penang state after the deadline to vacate the enclave ended on Thursday.
Police cordoned off the enclave as majority of residents rejected the developer’s offer of a double-storey house in exchange of vacating the Kampung Buah Pala or the High Chapperal village.
Only four families had agreed to take up the offer.
The village, which has been inhabited by the ethnic Indians for generations, grabbed headlines recently after the land owner asked the 300 residents to vacate the place to make way for new development.
The residents pleaded the government to save the village, which they said had been inhabited by their forefathers for years.
The case was taken to court which asked the villagers and the developer to reach an agreement before demolition.
Reports said the situation in the area was tense with scores of residents and members of non-governmental organizations sitting in the rain to form a human blockade.
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First Published: Thu, Aug 13 2009. 03 53 PM IST