‘Nurul Izzah disassociating herself from controversy’
KUALA LUMPUR: Lembah Pantai member of parliament (MP) Nurul Izzah Anwar was taken to task for whitewashing her role in “instigating ” locals against government plans to redevelop Kampung Kerinchi.
Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad said now that the project was a success, the PKR vice-president had chosen to disassociate herself from the controversy, which saw those taking the matter to court receiving the short end of the stick.
On Tuesday, Nurul Izzah had denied pushing residents to take legal action against the project, which saw dilapidated flats demolished to make way for redevelopment.
“Yesterday (Tuesday), the Lembah Pantai MP had issued a statement unbecoming of an elected representative concerning the Residensi Kerinchi Development launched by the prime minister.
“She has taken the approach to wash her hands off the responsibilities towards the Kampung Kerinchi Flat Empat residents who took legal means (to protest against the project), and put the blame on them (for doing so) by saying she was only a facilitator.”
The Kampung Kerinchi flats were demolished to relocate residents to new residential buildings.
It was reported that several PKR leaders, including Nurul Izzah, had allegedly attempted to sabotage the project by providing “alternatives” to the residents and organising dialogues for them.
Thirty-four families took the matter to court, which decided in 2012 that each of them receive RM73,000 as compensation.
On Monday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak officiated the 18-floor Residensi Kerinchi building housing 472 apartment units, each valued at RM500,000.
The 34 families are currently renting units at the PPR Muhibbah flat in Bukit Jalil.
None of them had signed the agreement to move into Residensi Kerinchi.
Nurul Izzah had claimed the decision to take the matter to court was made solely by the residents.
Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad