Sisters in Islam (SIS) is distressed at the forced evictions of the residents of Kampung Berembang by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).
Representatives from SIS and other activists, in support of the villagers, had handed over a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Selangor at the SUK building on 28 November 2006 protesting these forced evictions.
We understand that the residents of Kampung Berembang had managed to get written instructions from the Prime Minister’s Department and the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) calling for a postponement of the evictions pending a court decision to ensure adequate compensation and reparations for the villagers.
We thus call on the authorities to act immediately to ensure satisfactory housing and settlement requirements for the residents of Kampung Berembang who now have to live in makeshift tents without adequate food, water and sanitation.
We are also aware that several officers from the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (JAIS) were present during the demolition of the village surau to lend their support to the MPAJ. We question the involvement of JAIS in this matter, and we are disgusted at the humiliating way in which this surau was destroyed.
We demand that the local government hold proper and civil discussions with the Kampung Berembang villagers and immediately cease any actions that violate the fundamental human rights of these villagers.