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Group of Shah Alam residents sue govt, nine others for RM3.7m over massive Dec 2021 floods
Published on: Monday, June 27, 2022
By: Malay Mail
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The residents are claiming for special damages totalling RM3,767,148.51 from the 10 defendants jointly and separately, general damages to be assessed by the High Court, and aggravated damages. (Bernama file pic)
Kuala Lumpur: Fifty residents of Taman Sri Muda in Shah Alam, Selangor, have sued the Malaysian government and nine others seeking more than RM3.7 million in compensation over the massive floods that inundated their neighbourhood last December.

In the lawsuit filed in the High Court in Shah Alam on June 22, the residents named as respondents the director-general of the Natural Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, the director-general of the Malaysian Meteorological Department, the minister of environment and water, the director-general of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage, the Shah Alam City Council, KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, the Selangor state government, and the government of Malaysia.

The residents are claiming for special damages totalling RM3,767,148.51 from the 10 defendants jointly and separately, general damages to be assessed by the High Court, and aggravated damages.

Lawyer V. Vemal Arasan, who is representing the group, said they had approached Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran who had then engaged lawyers to handle this case.

Vemal told Malay Mail that he and Datuk Gurdial Singh Nijar have been engaged as counsels while the law firm Tanes, Khoo & Paulraj led by lawyer James Joshua Paulraj are acting as solicitors, and all were acting on a pro bono basis.

He said that another group of residents in Klang represented by the same team of lawyers plan to file a similar lawsuit with the High Court in Klang.

Vemal said the lawsuit by these 50 Taman Sri Muda residents is currently scheduled for case management on July 25.

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