Representative Ibrahim Md Din, 56, said the memorandum was to call on the state government to have further discussions with those affected to find an amicable solution. (NSTP/MIKAIL ONG)

GEORGE TOWN: A group of residents from Ampang Jajar apartment in Butterworth, who are facing eviction, handed over a memorandum today objecting to the eviction notice issued by the state government.

Its representative Ibrahim Md Din, 56, said the memorandum was to call on the state government to have further discussions with those affected to find an amicable solution.

“About 40 residents were issued with the eviction notice, and among them are low-income earners (B40) and disabled people (OKU), who have nowhere else to go if they are chased out of their homes.

“We admit that there are arrears for the houses but the eviction will not be beneficial for any party, and most of all, only complicates the lives of the affected residents.

“This memorandum is to ensure the rights of those involved to own a home can be fulfilled by the state government,” he said at the Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) vicinity here today.

Ibrahim, together with representatives from the Wakil Jaringan Perumahan, R. Karthiges, 37, and another 20 residents handed over a memorandum to the state Housing Department senior assistant chief secretary Akhmal Abu Basar.

On Oct 1, the state government reportedly issued an eviction notice with numerous excuses, including that the residents were said to be non-local voters, and they were told to clear up their houses.

Karthiges, who is also the coordinator for the flats, urged the state government to review the requirements of the People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Penang, which is said to be inconsistent with the Federal government.

He said the maximum income for PPR applicants in the state was set at RM750 per person or RM1,500 per household.

“This denies the rights of the B40 groups, who are earning RM1,000 minimum and are not eligible to own a PPR home.

“The Federal Government has fixed household income of below RM3,000 as eligible for the PPR home, a reflection of the true reality of the people’s lives.

“The state government must take note of the fate of the B40 group, who are finding it difficult to own a home as the units here are sold too high,” he added.