People in Johor must surely know by now about the massive Forest City project being developed by the Chinese company Country Garden.
The project which involves the largest reclamation works ever undertook in this country is located along the coastal stretch near the Second Link of Tebrau Straits in an area called Pendas.
The project is jointly developed with Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor (KPRJ)., a state government development arm which was originally set up by former Johor MB Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman to expedite the building of rural infrastructures such as village roads, community halls etc.
The Forest City project, expected to be several thousand hectares wide is primarily involve the building of luxury homes for the Singapore market.
Now, the latest that I was made to understand is that those luxury homes for the rich Singaporeans need to be equipped with suitable recreational facilities such as a golf course and other nice stuff.
And for that more land is needed.
Country Garden apparently had made moves to acquire the needed land.
The land earmarked for the extension of the project covers an area where eight traditional Malay villages in Gelang Patah are located.
1. Kampung Pendas Laut
2. Kampung Ladang
3. Kampung Bukit Kuching
4. Kampung Tanjong Kupang
5. Kampung Pok
6. Kampung Paya Mengkuang
7. Kampung Pekajang
9. Kampung Tiram Duku
People living in those villages are mostly BN supporters.
Well, who cares about that isn't it.
MB Khaled Nordin cares about it?
Nah, I don't think so. His political secretary is the Umno division chief of Gelang Patah. Therefore Khalid surely must know about the whole thing yet till now seems okay with it.
Early stages of the land acquisition process at the eight villages had already started.
Of course Country Garden didn't send its own people to coax the kampung folks into selling their land.
The melayu kampung folks wouldn't care too much if some Chinese guys offer to buy their land where they have been living on for generations.
So, the company sent a Malay elite to kow tim with the poor Melayu villagers who mostly work as fishermen.
And of course the Melayu fishermen were flattered upon being offered a relatively huge sum by the Malay elite.
"Ini untuk pembangunan saudara saudari sekelian. Untuk masa depan anak cucu kita," I imagine the Malay elite as saying.
So, there goes eight Malay villages in the constituency of Lim Kit Siang, the DAP supremo who is the Gelang Patah MP.
Eight Malay villages being wiped out and the land turned into a private golf course for some rich Singaporeans....hmmmm....
Well, never mind.
After all, the Melayu kampung folks can use the money they will get from selling their land to buy a new home somewhere on the fringe of a jungle like what was said by former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Or maybe they can use the money to enjoy themselves in Batam or buy a Mercedes Benz or marry a new young wife.