Kampung Berembang Struggle : The Story of Malaysian Unity
Tuesday, 24 July 2012

23 July 2012 :



Kampung Berembang receiving their keys to their new house in Berembang Indah from the Selangor Menteri Besar on 18/7/2012 at 3pm was the email from a fellow comrade who said that the Chairperson of the Berembang committee has sent a sms inviting us. This message immediately stirred my memories on the various fights and confrontations we had in Kampung Berembang since end of 2006 -2007 to defend the houses of the urban settlers there. A struggle and fight that united various people from different backgrounds and ethnicities to defend the houses of the poor and oppressed.


Kampung Berembang, an urban settler village located in Ampang , where most of the residents are from the Malay ethnicity. Until then though we have known that the Malaysian government oppresses all poor people no matter what race , but it  was my first experience seeing people from the Malay community being evicted with such cruelty. The first eviction exercise happened on the 17 November 2006, right after Friday prayers and UMNO General Assembly. The irony was most of the villagers are strong UMNO supporters. But even that did not stop the BN State nor federal government from demolishing the houses. 


The people however were clear; though they were supporters and members but they did not allow the party they support to violate their rights. The people from the village defended the Kampung with all they had, and we from JERIT with residents from Kampung Papan , and other villages stood with the people to stop the demolishment. The confrontation was so strong and intense that the Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya could only break 1 and a half house from 3pm – 6pm. The authorities gave up and left, but we knew they will be back on Monday.


Smses were sent out to get as many people to come from all over the country to come help defend the houses of the poor people of Kampung Berembang. It was an era before Facebook or Twitter.  Anyway why the struggle to stop the eviction, what was the demand of the people ? The demand of the Kampung Berembang folks was minimum, own house, flats also okay, but no transit house. The state government was supposed to build low cost flats in a nearby project called Berembang Indah. However, the developer was not moving on that project as the land in Ampang was too lucrative to waste it with low cost houses. Thus houses were not ready for people to buy and the state government with the developer Acmar International, decided to evict the people of that land and send them to PPR houses in Puchong which are temporary rental houses. Residents were against this idea as they will only move if Berembang Indah flats were ready.


On the 20th November 2006, many people from all walks of life came to defend Kampung Berembang. Members of JERIT, PSM, DEMA and FNB, from PAS, PKR, PERMAS, KOMAS, SUARAM and many other groups and also urban settlers from different villages came to defend Kampung Berembang. Even comrades from Perak and Penang came down to fight the eviction.  It was a tensed situation from morning as about 10am MPAJ officers marched in and the villagers and the activists had a direct clash with the MPAJ officers to stop them from moving in. In that clash about 3 JERIT activists were arrested with a few villagers. The fight put up by the people, activists and youngsters was so intense that MPAJ retreated and there was negotiation with the developer’s lawyer and also PKNS lawyer. But the developer was so adamant to break the houses and the BN Selangor government was fully with them. But the people even the kids of the village refused to budge as they were adamant in stopping the eviction. At last the developer had no choice, but to bring in the police, FRU and many were arrested from JERIT, PSM, DEMA, FNB , Kampung Papan and also the residents before MPAJ could tear down all the houses.


In the police station the situation was so inspiring, cause the police were confused, how come in the demolition of a Malay Kampung, many people from Indian and Chinese ethnicity were arrested. This was really a time where I felt truly Malaysian as people from different ethnicities united to defend the poor people’s house no matter which ethnic the belonged to. The unity of the oppressed class was so clear in Kampung Berembang.


Back  to the demolition, after the MPAJ demolished the houses, people erected tent like structures to continue to defend their village and the right to their own housing. An immediate protest was also held in SUK against the demolition. I still remember it was raining heavily, but the villagers, activists and many normal people who cannot stand the injustice in Kampung Berembang stood strong and demanded an answer from the state government for the cruelty. However, all we got was an officer collecting the memorandum and nothing else from the state government. This was a clear indication for the people, it is their struggle and they have to fight it. The state is with the developer.


Few days after the demolition, as people started erecting their tents and rebuilding the houses, MPAJ and the developer came again. This time it was to demolish the surau where many of the children and women were taking shelter. This was so cruel and was unimaginable as police and FRU entered the Surau with shoes hitting the kids and women forcing them to leave the Surau so that is can demolished. Many would think only temples were demolished in this country, but again Kampung Berembang was an example, doesn’t matter temple or Surau, once the capitalist want the land, anything can be demolished. During this demolishing process also many people were arrested , before they could demolish the surau.  The people always put up a strong resistance before any demolition. The surau was demolished, and the developer thought the people will leave.


But nope, the developer and the state government might have won the battle but the war was far from over. The villagers rebuilt their house and constantly fought the developers and authorities. People leafleted in the whole of Selangor and Kampung Berembang became a national issue. In the kampong, youths, women and even kids were becoming more aware of their rights and were becoming politically conscious of their rights.  Constant confrontation took place with Acmar International, MPAJ, police and even gangsters but the spirit of the people was very strong.


Then came March 2007, where the last fight for Berembang happened, where after many police reports and actions, the MPAJ backed out and this time Acmar International came with gangsters , police and RELA. The fight was intense, and the people did not give up, but the machines and authorities were more powerful and yes the houses were demolished and the developer fenced up the land erecting barriers around it. The people were locked out of their land. Many thought the struggle of Kampung Berembang is over as the dust has settled after the demolition. But the villagers thought otherwise. They camped outside the land and decided to build houses and stay there until their demands for permanent housing was met.


This strong spirit from the people was amazing and many groups and concerned people continued to support the Berembang struggle. The people were also politically educated in this whole process, and elections came and went in 2008, the BN state government fell and was replaced by the Pakatan Rakyat. Yes, there was a light at the end of the tunnel, where the Pakatan Rakyat government promised to build their houses in Berembang Indah.


However, that did not happen immediately as there was many glitches and resistance by the developer Acmar International. However the people’s strong spirit and constant push to the state government has enabled the house to be finally ready and yes they got their keys on 19/7/2012. Many people who already left the Kampung before the fight also got their keys, but I guess the people who fought and camped outside the land for the past 5 years can be proud that their fight enabled the Berembang Indah flats to be completed.


As I attended the function of the handing over the keys, I could see the old makciks were smiling happily and feel relieved that finally their house is ready. Villagers young and old as they see us from JERIT remember us and the look in their eyes shows that they are glad that finally their struggle bore fruit.  One of them hugged me and I could feel her happiness and gratitude as we were with them all along their struggle. Another villager blessed me and the youngsters were happy to see us and kept on asking why the other JERIT, DEMA and FNB members were not there. Many people still remembered all the names who were there fighting alongside with them though we are not from the same race or religion but they treat us like a family member.  Arul from PSM was so popular even the youngsters who were kids then were competing to take photos with him.


The feeling that day was relieve and happiness for me. I was glad it was over for them. They do not need to stay in camps and temporary houses below the electricity line anymore as their new house that they fought so hard was ready. The struggle of Kampung Berembang has reached the last chapter with a happy ending. But the thoughts about the fight and memories about the struggle are still fresh in mind. This community and many communities during the struggle of Kampung Berembang learned a great lesson that in the time of need and struggle, no matter what race or religion you belong to, people will unite to assist another poor community to defend their rights.  For many new activists today BERSIH showed them the unity of Malaysia, but for me the  struggle and memories in Kampung Berembang is the one that reiterated the believe that we can unite despite our different background as we build a better Malaysia and world as only the poor and oppressed will understand the importance and meaning of unity.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 July 2012 )
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Pejuang P. Veerasenan terus dikenang….
Tuesday, 10 July 2012


8 Julai 2012, Semenyih - Hari ini Pertandingan Bolasepak Pejuang Piala P. Veerasenan berlangsung buat kali ke-19. Pertandingan ini yang diadakan setiap tahun sejak 1993 untuk memperingati pejuang P.Veerasenan yang telah ditembak mati kerana memperjuangkan hak pekerja.  


P. Veerasenan yang berjuang untuk hak dan kebajikan pekerja tanpa batasan kaum dan agama pada zaman pemerintahan British. Beliau merupakan salah seorang pemimpin kesatuan Pan-Malayan Federation of Trade Unions (PMFTU) yang progresif dan digeruni oleh pihak British. Beliau telah ditembak mati oleh pihak British pada 3 May 1949 ketika beliau berusia hanya 22 tahun. Sumbangan beliau kepada kaum pekerja Malaya pada masa itu tidak terhingga dan demi mengingati semangat perjuangan beliaulah pertandingan bolasepak P.Veerasenan diadakan.  


Apa yang menarik adalah pada hari ini adalah seorang tetamu khas hadir ke Pertandingan P.Veerasenan. Beliau adalah bekas Ketua Cawangan Khas Taiping. Beliau telah bersara dari polis pada tahun 2004 tetapi beliau mengingati beberapa orang aktivis PSM kerana pernah bertembung dengan mereka di luar Kamunting semasa beliau bertugas. Nama beliau pun adalah Veerasenan. Beliau memberitahu bahawa bapanya telah menamakan beliau sempena nama Pejuang Veerasenan. Bapanya adalah seorang bekas anggota INA (Indian National Army) di bawah pimpinan Subbash Chandra Bose yang menentang Penjajah British di India. Anak bekas pegawai Polis ini terbaca mengenai Pertandingan Veerasenan dalam laman web dan memberitahu bapanya dan ini mendorong beliau untuk hadir untuk mengetahui siapakah P.Veerasenan ini. Nampaknya ramai orang telah menamakan anak mereka sempena nama Pejuang Veerasenan.  


Berbalik kepada pertandingan pada kali ini, ianya  dianjurkan adalah anjuran bersama Persatuan Penduduk Taman Manikavasagam, Pejabat Ahli Majlis Zon 18 – Sdr Arul dan Parti Sosialis Malaysia Cawangan Semenyih. Sebanyak 18 buah pasukan bertarung untuk merebut Piala Pejuang P. Veerasenan ini. Piala ini menjadi milik pasukan tuan rumah – Gemilang Semenyih FC (B) yang menewaskan pasukan AMC FC pada perlawanan akhir dengan jaringan  1-0. 


PM Agrees to meet Ex Bukit Jalil Estate workers
Friday, 06 July 2012

Good move Prime Minister !  At last some progress for the Bukit Jalil  ex-estate workers. The good news was revealed with a press conference earlier this morning. The committee excited to announce that the Prime minister agreed to meet with the representatives of the Bukit Jalil Committee on their housing issues. 

The meeting is scheduled on the 10th July 2012, next week tuesday. The place and time is not confirmed yet

Good move Prime Minister !

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 July 2012 )
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Janji DITEPATI oleh Kerajaan Negeri Selangor Isu Perumahan Penduduk Flats Taman Permata
Friday, 06 July 2012

Sabtu 30/6/2012


Hari ini , 400 penduduk Taman Permata , Dengkil rasa sungguh gembira kerana Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor telah menepati janji dengan memperuntukkan tanah untuk membolehkan Kerajaan Persekutuan membina rumah teres kos rendah.


Latar Belakang 


Penduduk FLATS Taman Permata adalah bekas pekerja Ladang Prang Besar, Sedgeley, Galloway dan Medingley. Tanah yang diduduki  mereka diambil untuk pembangunan Putrajaya.


Apabila ladang diambil alih, lebih 400 pekerja ladang dipindahkan. Tuntutan bekas pekerja ialah rumah teres kos rendah. Ahli politik BN berjanji. Tapi janji bertukar ngeri! Mereka diberi rumah FLATS kos rendah yang pada masa itu dikatakan sementera tapi kini sudah 12 tahun!


Keadaan flats sungguh mengerunkan, dimana tanah tidak stabil, banjir, paip-paip pecah walaupun sudah banyak kali diperbaiki dan banyak lagi.


Maka penduduk Taman Permata untuk perumahan selesa. Antara tindakan yang diambil ialah :


1.       Lebih 5 kali surat dihantar kepada IWK mengenai sistem kumbahan yang rosak di flats

2.       Isu FLATS ini banyak kali diutarakan kepada Kerajaan Negeri Selangor yang dulu dipimpini oleh BN .

3.       Memorandum diberi kepada Exco Kerajaan Negeri YB Ronnie Liu pada 28/6/2009 mengenai perumahan yang tidak selamat.

4.       Beberapa surat di hantar kepada YAB Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid dan Exco-exco Kerajaan Negeri  yang berkenaan mengenai masalah FLATS Taman Permata.

5.       Memorandum kepada PNSB

6.       Bantahan 24 jam di Dengkil pada 14/8/2010 and 15/8/2010

7.       Mengadakan mesyuarat dan perbincangan dengan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor sekarang yang diwakili oleh YB Xavier Jayakumar ( EXCO Kerajaan Negeri Selangor)


JERIT & PSM telah bersama penduduk dalam semua perjuangan mereka dan mengatur langkah untuk mendapatkan perumahan selesa. Malah tekanan di beri kepada Kerajaan Negeri Selangor untuk mendokumenkan janji yang diberi supaya Kerajaan Persekutuan BN boleh ditekan untuk membina rumah teres


Setelah tindakan ini semua, kerajaan Negeri Selangor telah memperuntukkan tanah ini untuk membina rumah teres bagi semua bekas pekerja ladang yang tinggal di Flats Taman Permata ini. Surat juga dihantar kepada Jawatakuasa Penduduk mengesahkan  tanah dikenal pasti.



Majlis Memacak Papan Tanda


Majlis memacak papan tanda ini sungguh bermakna , kerana tanah yang diperuntukkan  adalah hasil perjuangan penduduk sendiri.


Majlis ini dihadiri oleh wakil YB Xavier, Tuan Haji Borhan ( Penyelaras Dun Dengkil), Saudara Arul ( PSM & penasihat Jawatankuasa Penduduk), wakil –wakil dari Majlis Perbandaran Sepang dan juga wakil-wakil JERIT yang bersama dalam perjuangan penduduk dari mula.


Saudara Arul dalam ucapan beliau mengatakan , usaha penduduklah yang membawa kepada kemenangan tahap pertama ini. Sekarang adalah perlu untuk penduduk berjuang dengan lebih giat sehingga rumah dibina oleh kerajaan persekutuan BN.


Tuan Hj Borhan pula mengatakan bahawa, Kerajaan PR Selangor komited dalam memperjuangkan Hak Penduduk Flats Taman Permata. Tanah diberi demi memastikan rumah selesa dibina. Kerajaan PR sanggup duduk dengan BN dalam menyelesaikan isu ini. Tetapi sekiranya isu ini diselesaikan , maka penduduk harus mengundi PR untuk jadi kerajaan persekutuan . Jika PR menjadi kerajaan persekutuan, maka beliau akan memastikan rumah dibina oleh kerajaan persekutuan PR. Ini adalah janji Tuan Hj Borhan sebagai wakil Yb Xavier dalam majlis tersebut.


Setelah itu, Tuan Hj Borhan bersama wakil penduduk telah merasmikan papan tanda yang mengatakan Kerajaan Selangor PR menepati janji, bila pula kerajaan BN akan membina rumah,

Majlis diakhiri dengan kenyataan dari wakil penduduk yang mengatakan Jom kita bersatu demi mendapatkan perumahan selesa. Majlis hari ini sungguh bermakna kepada penduduk ini yang telah 14 tahun berjuang untuk hak perumahan mereka.


Sekarang persoalannya ialah adakah Kerajaan Persekutuan akan bina rumah teres untuk mereka kerana sekarang kerajaan Selangor telah tepati janji, macam mana dengan Kerajaan BN Persekutuan?


Kenapa para penduduk  minta Kerajaan Persekutuan, kerana masa pembinaan flats pun, tanah diberi oleh kerajaan Selangor dan rumah dibina oleh Putrajaya Holding atas arahan Kerajaan Persekutuan.


Maka para penduduk harap pihak Kerajaan Persekutuan yang mempunyai slogan Rakyat diutamakan akan membina rumah teres kos rendah untuk 400 penduduk ini.  Sehingga rumah teres ini dibina perjuangan untuk perumahan teres kos rendah akan berterusan.


Perumahan Selesa untuk semua !

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Majlis Memacak Papan Tanda di tapak tanah alternatif penduduk taman permata!
Tuesday, 03 July 2012

30 Jun 2012- Majlis Memacak Papan Tanda di Dengkil. Kerajaan negeri telah mengenalpasti tanah untuk pembinaan rumah bagi penduduk Taman Permata Dengkil. 







Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 July 2012 )
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Mesyuarat Jaringan Pekerja Malaysia
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Salam Perjuangan rakan-rakan,

Jaringan Pekerja Malaysia menjemput semua kesatuan sekerja, NGO dan juga mana-mana badan yang memperjuangan hak pekerja ke mesyuarat :

Tarikh: 05 Julai 2012 (Khamis)
Masa: 7.00 pm
Tempat: Ibupejabat NUBE, Brickfields 

Isu yang akan dibincangkan:

1. Pengumuman Gaji Minima RM900
- Adakah ia satu gimik pilihanraya? Bagaimana dengan circular MEF  yang mengatakan semua elaun pekerja akan dimasukkan dalam gaji minima? 

2. Kes-kes pemangsaan kesatuan
- Apakah tindakan kita?

3. Pilihanraya Umum Ke-13
 Apakah tuntutan pekerja yang boleh dikemukakan ? 

Diharap semua pihak yang terlibat dalam perjuangan isu pekerja dapat hadir.
Sila sahkan kehadiran anda melalui SMS - 019-6693412 atau email   atau 
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