WALLER COURT FLATS, 1962-
To alleviate the housing problems of the poor, the low-cost Waller Court Flats with modern sanitation facilities were built in Kampong Java and let out for a nominal monthly rental. The main beneficiaries were the squatters, the hawkers, the coolies, the trishaw pedallers and other deserving members of the local community.
Today, the residents of Waller Court wait with much anxiety and uncertainty regarding the future. There are plans for redevelopment of the area, including Waller Court.
Will they be evicted?
Discussion with Waller court residents who fear they may evicted. Told them we will assist 2find solution pic.twitter.com/iRKDhaBk94
Media statement by M.Kula Segaran at the Perak State Secretariat, Ipoh on Friday, 22nd June 2012:
Lower income group need assistance and protection from the State Authorities
Today hundreds of people are gathered at the Perak State Secretariat Grounds to demand the state to take action and resolve outstanding housing, squatters, land and related issues.
The main issues are the following.
Approximately 500 plus residents reside at Waller Court which was built in 1962. These flats are run down and not lack maintenance thus the need for redevelopment. The tenants are in the dark as no direct information or negotiations has taken place between the tenants and the local council. In 2002 an attempt to redevelop the Flats fizzled out after severe objections and demonstrations against the MBI by the tenants.
The lower income group needs has to be addressed. We see a situation of many are either squatting on state private or govern land for decades without having a permanent roof over their head.
In the case of Waller Court there are over 500 flats and 36 shop lots. These building was built in 1962. The building is only about 70% occupied and is quite an eye shore as its in a run down situation.
There are now proposal for redevelopment of these flats and there has been no discussion with the tenants of these flats. Why?
The state is reported to be negotiating with developers to rebuild the flats with a costs of over RM30 million.
We urge the authorities to announce their plans for Waller Court. Also the tenants who are the main stake holders of this redevelopment must be consulted before any process takes place.
* M. Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman & MP for Ipoh Barat
This is a good article about Waller Court
怡保三天两夜探亲游 – Ipoh Waller Court
The protracted wrangling over the fate of the contentious Waller Court flats will soon be over if plans initiated by Ipoh City Council materialises. Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim was met at the site recently when he accompanied the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa who was on a whirlwind visit to Ipoh.
“The project will cost the council RM30 million,” Roshidi told reporters. “The new Waller Court will incorporate modernity with each apartment being built to perfection. The tenants can enjoy a larger living area measuring 700 sq feet with three rooms.”
It will be built in stages for the benefit of the present tenants. “They’ll be housed in the 70 vacant flats currently available,” said Roshidi. The whole area will be given a fresh new look with a tastefully designed landscape. “Tenders for the project will be out in November and if everything goes as planned, construction works will commence immediately.”
Puan Noraishah Mior Basha, 60, a long-time tenant, was elated with the development. “I’m glad that something is finally taking shape here in Waller Court. We residents have been waiting anxiously far too long. I thank the council for taking a proactive stance.”
27 June 2012| last updated at 12:29AM
Waller Court flats to be rebuild(sic)
By P. CHANDRA SAGARAN | firstname.lastname@example.org
The city council has briefed the state government on the plan to upgrade the area and rebuild new units at a recent state executive council meeting.
The new project would comprise four blocks of 17-storey structures with about 520 units.
According to Zambry unoccupied units would be rented out to low-wage earners in the city with priority being given to current tenants.
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