Anger, puzzlement as owners face losing new homes to HSR

Anger, puzzlement as owners face losing new homes to HSR

SPECIAL REPORT | See Chang Long, a 33-year-old chef, had over the years saved up as he surveyed the property market for a new home in Malacca. Having lived with his own parents, the father of two had wanted to purchase a new home for his own family.

In October, he decided to put down a 10 percent deposit totalling RM47,880 on a terrace house in a new residential area in Taman Satu Krubong.

But See’s joy of owning a new home quickly evaporated when he learnt within a month that the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) had been planned to pass through his Jalan Samarinda 5 property.

“The developer never mentioned that land here would be acquired for the HSR. Why did I have to find out about this from the news?

“I used my life savings to buy this house,” an upset See told Malaysiakini.

See added that it was too late to withdraw from the purchase as the bank had already disbursed 25 percent of the loan to the developer.

Taman Satu Krubong, located around 9km from Ayer Keroh town and 16 kilometres from the Malacca City Centre, is slated for “overall completion” next year.

The freehold development comprises a mix of mid-range to luxury gated terrace houses and bungalows. Prices listed online ranged from RM400,000 to RM900,000.

Likewise, See’s neighbour Kathy Ong, a mother of two in her 40s, had purchased a house along the adjacent street at Jalan Samarinda 6.

Now that Ong has learned about the HSR alignment, she wants it to be moved away from the residential area and refuses any compensation.

“No matter how reasonable the compensation is, I will not accept it. We do not want the HSR to be built in our housing area.

“We have finally found such a good living environment. Less than a year after buying it, it is now going to be taken away from us. Where do you want us to go?,” she told Malaysiakini.

The HSR public inspections process started in November and will continue until the end of January 2018.

Malaysiakini, which had visited the public inspections, found that the project’s vehicle MyHSR Corporation had taken pains to minimise the need for property acquisition along the estimated 328-km length alignment on the Malaysian side.

Township does not exist on HSR map

However, the case of Taman Satu Krubong was unusual as in that it cuts through a brand new residential area.

Interestingly, based on the alignment map of the HSR public inspections, this residential area does not exist.

It was only after the alignment was crossed checked against Google Maps satellite images that it can be observed that the HSR will cut through a long row of properties, suggesting that the satellite images used in the HSR public inspection could be an older version.

Previous reports indicate that as many as 73 houses stand to be directly affected.

Anger, puzzlement as owners face losing new homes to HSR
30 Dec 2017 – malaysiakini


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