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George Town: Three households facing eviction from their homes in Kampung Pondok Upeh in Balik Pulau were yesterday awarded compensation by the Sessions Court.
Judge Zanol Rashid Hussain awarded M. Jegadeesan RM22,000 and Quan Yam Sen and O.Arumugam RM25,000 each.
Zanol ruled that the plaintiff Evergreen One Development Sdn Bhd had proven that it was the landowner and had the right to vacant possession.
Zanol said the residents had to vacate their homes within 30 days from yesterday.
The defendants' counsel Yusmadi Yusoff applied for stay of execution of the order pending an appeal to the High Court.
It was earlier reported that the eviction notices had been issued on May 21 last year after Evergreen One was vested with power of attorney by the two owners of the land at Lot 485, Mukim 6 in the Southwest District.
The plaintiff alleged that the defendants had no right to the land, as well as right to ask for compensation.
The company also claimed that the defendants did not pay rent to the landowners, and the landowners did not receive any payment of rent from the defendants.
It also alleged that the defendants had rejected an ex-gratia payment as the amount was not enough to purchase a low-cost home each, while the plaintiff maintained that the compensation was fair.