Nurul Izzah draws flak for causing Kerinchi families to lose out

Nurul Izzah Anwar

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – March 1, 2017: PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has been heavily criticised in social media for denying her attempt to gain political mileage in the Kerinchi Residency condominium issue.

Nurul Izzah, the Lembah Pantai member of parliament, had yesterday rebutted accusations of influencing 34 families affected by the project into opposing it a few years ago.

However, a 2012 video of her questioning the federal government over the legality of the project, is being widely circulated at Facebook today.

In the video, Nurul Izzah argues that if the project had been done according to the Land Acquisition Act, the families would not have been forced to evict their low-cast houses.

“Do not treat the people as if they are stupid,” she says in the video recorded during a farewell gathering for the 34 families who later took the matter to court.

“I ask the government to not label them as those who reject development,” she adds.

Commenting on the video, Facebooker Abdul Hafiz sarcastically asked the unlucky families to seek Nurul Izzah’s help in finding new homes.

“Go and ask Izzah for your new homes or you can just stay at her house. I hear she has a big house,” he chided.

“I wonder why people still listen to Izzah after she openly apologised for slandering Nong Chik (Lembah Pantai Umno division chief Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin) in the last general election ,” wrote Naina Kaseh.

Nurul Izzah had also yesterday slammed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for his supposed insensitivity when he suggested that the 34 families had regretted listening to Nurul Izzah and PKR.

“Do not hurt the feelings of these people with unnecessary snide remark. Najib, please respect the families’ decision, rights and dignity,” she was quoted as saying.

This, however, drew more criticisms against her.

“Oh please, Najib was just being sarcastic. You on other hand, incited the families to not sign up for the project. Tell me, have you managed to help them to find new homes?” wrote Normah Yahya.

“Izzah should have asked PKR to build new homes for these families instead of asking Najib not to hurt their feelings. She was the reason why they didn’t get their new homes in the first place,” wrote Mazlan Mohd Noor.

Kerinchi Residency was officially launched two days ago, accommodating 472 households who had previously lived in dilapidated flats in the area since 1971.

Each apartment is valued at RM500, 000 and the complex comes with a swimming pool, surau, playground and other amenities without payment under a trade-off concept.

It is understood that the 34 families were each compensated RM74,000 in cash.



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.