The families claimed the GLC had neglected their welfare after it sold part of the estate land to a private company.
Speaking at a press conference on behalf of the workers, Dr Nasir Hashim, the Kota Damansara assemblyman, called on Sime Derby, the owner of the estate, Selangor state executive council member Dr Xavier Jeyakumar and the National Union Plantation Workers (NUPW) to assist in solving the workers’ grievances.
Nasir, who is also Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) president, said Sime Derby had neglected the workers when it sold part of the estate land (45 hectares) to a private company.
“It is unfair because currently there are 46 families still staying at the estate… in fact, 19 of them are still working here while the remainder have retired from Sime Darby.
“Sime Darby is responsible for these workers although it has sold the land to NPO Builders Sdn Bhd,” he said.
He added that although Sime Darby claimed to have sold off the land, there was no evidence of the sale.
“Until today we have not been provided with this letter. So, technically, Sime Darby is still the owner of the land and it is its duty to solve problems faced by the workers,” he added.
A former Subang estate worker, identified as Ganeshan, said Sime Darby had demolished several old estate quarters when some former workers had moved out.
“After the management demolished the houses, it failed to remove the rubbles and this causes heavy flooding.”
He also said the workers also have to bear with dirty water from their taps and deplorable conditions of the old estate houses.
“We need an immediate solution from Sime Darby to clean up the estate,” he added.
Ganeshan said if Sime Darby wanted to sell the land, then the company should provide low-cost houses to the workers for free.
“We do not want money from them. We are want low-cost houses for free,” he said.
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