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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Parent wants state to resolve ‘land grab’ row

The parent claims that MPSJ has taken land belonging to the school to build a bus station. But the local PKR leader denies this.

PUCHONG: An angry parent has asked the Selangor government to help settle the row between the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and a Tamil school in Puchong.

According to a Tamil daily report today, MPSJ had taken half acre of land that was previously allocated to the school.

Speaking to FMT, the parent, who wished to be known only as Maniam, said that there is an allegation that MPSJ wanted to construct a bus station on the plot.

Maniam said that in 2005, the previous state government rejected MPSJ’s bid to build a bus station there.

“The land was given to the Tamil school to build a canteen,” he added.

He said that originally the school owned six acres, but later the Education Ministry carved this up and gave four acres to a national school.

“Why is the local council eyeing the school’s land where there is private land nearby? We hope that the state government will clarify the situation as soon as possible,” he said.

Contacted later, Puchong PKR division chief S Murali rubbished the allegation.

“MPSJ has no right to take away land belonging to schools, and the council is not dumb to do such a thing,” he said, adding that as far as he knew, there were no plans to build a bus station there.

“So, the parents should show where exactly is the land that belongs to the school. And if it is true that the half acre was given to the school, then PKR will urge the Education Ministry to build the canteen,” he said. - FMT

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