KUALA TERENGGANU: The state government will go ahead and demolish 35 pre-war buildings along Jalan Bandar and Jalan Banggol here despite protests from their owners.
Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said the owners, who were mainly traders, had been issued with sufficient notice to make way for the redevelopment of both areas, which had been planned previously.
“These areas require a facelift so that they can complement Kuala Terengganu as a modern city.
“It will be an eyesore if the city is filled with dilapidated structures. The owners have to vacate their premises to make way for the redevelopment.
I would really have to disagree with the action on the state goverment of Terengganu. I really believe that tourist and the local population would never consider part of Malaysia’s precious history an eyesore. Having a facelift for the buildings is correct if the goverment is planning on renewing the buildings and not destroying the buildings.
Compensation to the traders in the area is surely not enough as there is no way the goverment can compensate the destruction of a historical site. Issuing the traders a 30-day evacuation notice is also very unreasonable as there is really not enough time to find a alternative source of income or a suitable location to relocate.
Did the goverment think about the traders who occupied the shophouses for more than a century? I dont think so..