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Growing illegal extension problem
Tarikh : 30 Nov 2017  Sumber Berita: The Star Online
 


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Tiong (second from right) presenting a bank premium certificate to an outgoing SMC staff, Masni Lugun while his deputy Rogayah Jamain (left) and acting senior secretary Yong Ing Choo look on.


Tiong (second from right) presenting a bank premium certificate to an outgoing SMC staff, Masni Lugun while his deputy Rogayah Jamain (left) and acting senior secretary Yong Ing Choo look on.

SIBU: Illegal extension by commercial building owners are on the rise and Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) is fighting an uphill battle to clamp down the practice.

SMC building control committee David Lau Kiing Yiing said despite taking a tough stance against offenders, the council was still not able to completely eradicate the problem.

“This issue is nothing new as it has been around for about 40 years,” he said in reply to town councillor Abang Iskandar Abang Latip at the council meeting here.

Lau said the problem had become worse now.

The council is only capable of taking action against illegal extensions and erection of structures that poseddanger to the public.

“We take them to the court to compel them to remove their structures, he said.

Abang Iskandar pointed out that there were also building owners who erected their illegal structure upward.

“Lodging houses and hotels also have such illegal structures.

“In other places such as Melaka, you will not be able to find these kind of illegal structures,” he said.

Lau advised building owners to seek approval from the council first before going ahead with building extensions.

“When we take action against them, many complained that they had spent big sums of money to build the structures,” he said.

In an unrelated matter, SMC chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King said upgrading work on the night market was now behind schedule because of bad weather.

The upgrading works are aimed at addressing issues such as improper drainage system, stagnant water and poor lighting system.

“The council is working hard to get the works done as scheduled, so that the newly upgraded pasar malam will benefit to all,” he added.