Kampung Buah Pala is safe, for the time being
Posted on August 4th, 2009 by Lilian • Filed under: politics
This is another, unofficial reporting, with salt and pepper added, ok?
9.00 am : I got to Jalan Kaki Bukit and lots of police cars and police personnels were there. I know, ‘Oh oh…demolition coming.’ The road is closed so I parked my car far away. I saw several groups of Indian men hanging around the roads, looking quite the ‘tough’ ones.
Emotions are running high. Prof. Ramasamy was there and Mr. Draviam, the old gentleman who usually wears a batik was crying. I really pity him. He is very sad to be uprooted from the land, for its sentimental reasons.
10.00 am : I jalan-jalan, filming the lovely villagers who didn’t join the human barricade on the road. There are children barricade, women barricade, men barricade and bullock cart barricade.
10.00 something : I was getting bored and about to go home. Then, MIC Murigivalan and Suresh (need to check the name again) held a press conference. I asked a few questions like ‘Why sold the land then?’ when he talked about how MIC wouldn’t have let this happen. He also claimed that MIC together with all the NGOs are willing to buy up the land for the villagers. This time, all the reporters grilled him if they are willing to cough up RM150 million. I asked, “Did Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu gave you the mandate to negotiate?” Then, somehow,they said ‘This is because they are Indians’ and asked if we agree or not. (Indians being neglected). I told him, “You are being racist.” I think I also asked why not ask Najib to buy the land?
And I think I was more citizen than journalist then. Who cares…I heard people shouting behind me about Maika shares as well.
11.00am : The press conference with the MIC chaps were cut short because Hindraf people told us there is a team of demolition crew outside. So, all of us ran to find out. Me thinks Hindraf is pissed with MIC for their last minute drama.
Then, on the villagers side, they were forming human barricade. Men in front, women and children at the back. They held some prayers.
11.30 am : More activities including CPO arrived, court bailiff arrived, Prof. Ramasamy came again and finally, we heard that there will be no demolition till further notice, on 18 August. I can’t quote the exact reason but it is a court order where no demolition can takes place for the time being.
12 noon : I went to pick my boy and we had chicken rice, curry mee, fresh orange and ice-cream soda.