Kampung Sri Makmur: Hilman slams alleged brutality in demolition, demands answers

Standing in solidarity with the 153 families affected by the demolition, Hilman stressed the importance of responsible development.

WAN AHMAD  ATARMIZI
WAN AHMAD ATARMIZI
29 May 2024 05:45pm
Gombak Setia assemblyman, Hilman Idham, visiting the residential area of Kg Sri Makmur, Gombak, which was demolished on Monday.
Gombak Setia assemblyman, Hilman Idham, visiting the residential area of Kg Sri Makmur, Gombak, which was demolished on Monday.
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GOMBAK - Gombak Setia assemblyman Hilman Idham has slammed the Selangor state government's alleged handling of the demolition of Kampung Sri Makmur on Monday.

He claimed that the process was marred by violence and a lack of transparency.

“The violent acts depicted in viral social media posts, coupled with the lack of response from the state government, particularly from Menteri Besar (Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari) as the Member of Parliament for Gombak, showcase the tyrannical and inhumane nature of the current State Government.

“As the assemblyman for Gombak Setia, I demand an immediate explanation from the police and the state government regarding the violence, including the presence of a group of masked young men wearing caps and green vests during the enforcement action.

“Who are they? I am confident they are not the police, district enforcement, or the local authorities. So, why were they involved? What was their purpose and role?” he questioned.

Hilman expressed concern that the presence of these unidentified individuals escalated tensions, resulting in confrontations and injuries among the residents.

"In several videos and photos circulating on social media, they displayed violent behaviour towards the affected residents, resembling thugs.

“Police reports have been lodged concerning this group, and I urge the police to investigate this matter," he said during his visit to the demolition site of Kampung Sri Makmur earlier today.

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Standing in solidarity with the 153 families affected by the demolition, Hilman emphasised the importance of responsible development.

"I firmly believe that responsible citizenship does not entail opposing development.

"However, any development must adhere to responsible and high-quality standards.

“I have personally raised this issue during the Selangor State Assembly session last November.

“I also facilitated meetings between the residents' representatives and the Menteri Besar, resulting in the postponement of the demolition operation several times to allow for negotiations, and 21 residents have received compensation,” he added.

Calling for urgent action, Hilman urged the state government to address the needs of the remaining 132 families who have not received adequate compensation.

The demolition has sparked outrage due to concerns of insufficient compensation and lack of proper resettlement options for displaced residents.

This comes amidst their wait for promised housing loans under the Selangorku programme.

The incident has reignited discussions on relocation procedures and responsible development in Selangor.

Viral videos continue circulating, raising questions about the state government's handling of the situation and prompting calls for transparency and accountability.