Oz Muslim may demand compensation for lost restaurant business

November 30th, 2007 - 6:05 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, Nov.30 (ANI): Nasiruddin watched his Indian restaurant business being bulldozed two days ago, and when the uninsured restaurateur asked the City of Sydney what he should do, he says he was told: “Go and get a job.”
Fifty-year-old Nasiruddin is angry that the council official told him to go to Centrelink, despite stating in a media release that it was willing to help anyone affected by the demolition of Indian Chilli, in Crown Street, Surry Hills.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Indian Chilli restaurant was knocked down after it started cracking up in the early hours of Wednesday.
“The council called me, they say go to find a job. They said to go to Centrelink. I hate to go to Centrelink. I’ve got two legs, two hands, why should I go to Centrelink? It’s not the proper help,” the website quoted Nasiruddin, as saying.
He now holds the council responsible for the initial structural damage to the building and is planning to take legal action for compensation.
He believes the restaurant’s foundations had been unsettled by the building of the Surry Hills community centre next door.
The centre is being built by construction company Probuild Constructions.
Nasiruddin, who was renting the building, has lost all his fittings and stocks after building up the business with his wife Shamima over the past three years.
“I spoke to a solicitor, he said there is a very good chance of compensation, Nasiruddin said.
The council said yesterday that it must wait for two investigations into what caused the damage before offering any compensation.
A City of Sydney spokewoman, Leanne Lincoln, denied in a statement that Nasiruddin was told to get a job.
Lincoln claimed that Nasiruddin was given job offer, and he rejected them on three separate occasions. She said that he was also encouraged to seek legal advice to assist him with a compensation claim. (ANI)

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