TAIPING: Thirteen squatter families from Simpang Halt here, who received notices of eviction from the Taiping land and district office last month, can now heave a sigh of relief.
Thanks to the intervention of Kuala Sepetang assemblyman Tai Sing Ng, the squatters have been allowed to stay in their homes for now.
Tai promised the squatters that he will represent them in the discussion with the Perak Development Corporation to ensure that they are properly compensated and are included in the Rancangan Kampung Tersusun (RKT) Simpang Halt project.
The 13 squatters received a demolition notice, dated March 22, asking them to vacate their homes within 21 days. The squatters' homes are on the RKT road planning reserve land.
Tai, who visited the squatters recently, said: "I will discuss the matter with the authorities to ensure that the squatters continue to stay here for now.
"I also hope that in the event they have to move out, they will be properly compensated."
The squatters have been living in the area since the early 1940s.
Tai said that the state government had agreed to include the 80 houses in Simpang Halt, occupying an 8ha area, into the RKT project.
Tai promised that he would get the squatters included in the RKT project.
"The squatters have every right to stake a claim because many of them have huge families," he said.