The MACC murder has definitely distracted public attention on this issue.
Yet (or perhaps because of that), it appears that the issue is resolving itself, though not necessarily in the direction I would like to see it go.
I'm not even going to be too hard on the previous Barisan Nasional government in Penang for selling out the Kg Buah Pala squatters without their consent.
The fact is, I have come to accept that sort of behaviour from anything associated with UMNO.
And only after we have completely evicted these Napoleons from their thrones and survived the next few years of the aftermath resulting from poor decisions can we start expecting accountability from the Pakatan Rakyat government.
But progress is progress. And without mincing words, Kg Buah Pala is blight in the face of Penang. I doubt it is the only one, and I'm sure there are plenty of others, but it could certainly make way for fresh apartments.
Frankly, I think the villagers are just afraid of change, because if the reports are right, the compensation offer to squatters residing at Kampung Buah Pala is pretty decent and notch up from what they currently live with.
The agreement offered each family one 850 sq ft house worth RM75,000, an RM1,000 relocation payment and RM750 a month for rental subsidy for a period of 36 months until the houses were constructed.
For residents not interested in this package, the cooperative offered one-off payments of RM90,000 per family.
Really, if I lived in a squatter settlement, I would like to find myself decent lodgings. Even if my ancestors had dwelt there for 5 generations.
Obviously, both sides of the political divide would like to gain brownie points with both the Kg Buah Pala villagers and Malaysian citizens alike.
So both have gone through great extents to allow the villagers/squatters to remain.
Obviously, the fact that they are Indians makes this a fragile issue, considering how insensitive the Barisan Nasional government has been with the demolishment of temples in the past.
I have no doubt that my opinion is not something that people are going to like me for.
My approach is rather hardline, but really folks, you can't go through life forever hugging trees and bunnies. Or squatter villages.