Stop illegal extension, says Wilfred Yap
SUPP Public Complaints Bureau Chief, Wilfred Yap have recently been receiving a lot of complaints on illegal construction of extensions and encroachment onto state land by irresponsible parties. Following the numerous complaints received, Wilfred Yap who is also the Councillor for Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) have on many occasions raised this matter of illegal construction activities during the various MPP council meetings.
During his regular “turun padang” activity to 7th Mile Bazaar with SUPP members, SUPP PCB Chief Wilfred Yap was notified of construction activities of a structure on a parcel of land. The complainant had alledged that that the said construction works appears to be encroaching onto state land meant to be used as a road and was also carried out without approval from the relevant authorities.
Following the information received, the matter was immediately communicated to relevant department of Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) to check whether the landowner concerned had submitted building plans to MPP for their approval and for appropriate legal action to be taken against the landowner if there was no application for approval of the building plans.
To solve problems of illegal extension and construction of illegal structures on state land, SUPP PCB Chief Wilfred Yap also suggests that the Sarawak Government should consider tightening existing legislation by imposing a fine on contractors who undertake construction works for landowners of buildings or structures or extensions without approval from the relevant authorities. The imposition of a fine will serve as a deterrent for contractors not to carry out works for parties when approvals for such works have not been obtained.
SUPP PCB Chief Wilfred Yap also hopes that the public will cooperate with the relevant authorities by considering about what impact their action will have on others. Being responsible and considerate is the key to making sure our actions will not cause a nuisance/problem to others. This will go a long way towards reducing the enforcement work load of the relevant authorities concerned and making our environment more conducive for doing business and living.
SUPP Public Complaints Bureau will continue to highlight and try to resolve issues of public interest affecting the community and is always ready to lend a helping hand to the anyone facing problems or who come across problems of public interest but does not know how to deal with it. Anyone requiring assistance can always call SUPP Public Complaint’s mobile number at 016-7797688 or 082-246999 or go direct to SUPP Head Office to request for assistance.
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