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Aug 3, 2009

Please don’t destroy Kampung Buah Pala!

150 years old Kampung Buah Pala under threat from modern condominium development, the residents of Kamupung Buah Pala couldn’t accept the decision by federal court that they need to vacate their old village. More than 50 families (300 villagers) in Kampung Buah living harmoniously for three generations and now they forced to leave this village.

Kampung Buah Pala village believed to be the large coconut plantation area owned by Margaret Brown. Certainly there seems to be a document testifying that Margaret Brown had stated before leaving for Britain that the land is to be left to the people who were living and working there. This was in 1938. The current residents are believed to be descendants of the original settlers.

This old settlement is located at the heart of the rapidly developing eastern part of Georgetown and also popularly known as 'Tamil High Chaparral' to Penangites due to its traditional population of cowherds. When crews from Malaysiakini visited the village, the residents couldn’t accept the fact that the need to move from their village. Some of them even reject money that offered by developer.

This is a highly cultured village because it was referred to as a model Tamil Hindu settlement, with a traditional population of cowherds and many other essences of Tamil heritage. Kampung Buah Pala needs to be gazetted as heritage property. I hope federal government does something to save our brothers and sisters in Kampung Buah Pala. All Malaysians should support the move to save Kampung Buah Pala. Hope the village not demolished by heartless developer tomorrow. God bless Kampung Buah Pala villagers!

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

very sad to read this article...
hmm, let us pray well to save the family..

DEVA said...

How could the Penang state government under the BN sell the Kampong Buah Pala land when “the available evidence seemed to show that the land is still vested in the Federal Lands Commissioner”

In my opinion, it is no point retaining the Village as these problems will never go away. You can't change the mentality of the Villagers whether Kampung Buah Pala is made a Heritage Village or not. I suggest that the Penang State Government gazette the Kampung Buah Pala site as a public park and give a decent compensation to the Villagers which must include alternative housing accomodations.

Ramesh (Facebook) said...

Negative elements - greed, corruption, abuse of power and judicial indifference - have conspired to wipe out part of Penang’s history and destroy its heritage.

Anonymous said...

what we can do bro?

our leaders are greedy! corrupted!

we couldn't expect mush from them

Buah Pala resident said...

I beg Malaysian come to Kamupung Buah Pala to support us, we lived here for more than three generations... lets together defend our village from demolisehed by greedy developer

eN. tEddY said...

the same thing happened in kg berembang...
my indian friend also agreed that the villagers should move...
without black and white...its useless..