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‘Abandoned building issue: Provisions in ordinances adequate’
Tarikh : 05 Apr 2019  Sumber Berita: Borneo Post Online (Peter Boon)

A file photo shows abandoned building.

A file photo shows abandoned building.

SIBU: The provisions in both the Building Ordinance and the Local Authorities Ordinance are sufficient for local authorities (LAs) to deal with issue of abandoned buildings, says Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil.

He, however, opined that the local authorities are perhaps in want of enforcement will.

He was asked if the Ministry of Local Government and Housing had any plan to revisit the existing legislations following Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King’s disclosure that abandoned houses were the main cause of high dengue fever outbreak and the biggest contributor to the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes here.

Tiong said this during a full council meeting last month.

The SMC chairman had lamented that the council encountered problems when dealing with abandoned building issue within the confines of the present law, jurisdiction and constraints.

He added that it also faced  difficulty tracing the owners as many had either moved away or left Sarawak.

Penguang, who is Marudi assemblyman said: “At the moment, the ministry has no plan yet to revisit the existing legislations.

“These abandoned buildings are in a way not only a nuisance but also a health hazard to the public at large. That being the case, the provisions in both the ordinances are sufficient for local authorities to deal with the issue.