Illegal structures on Pearl Hill torn down

THREE illegal structures used as a house and storage sheds on Pearl Hill in Penang have been taken down by the authorities.

Northeast district land officer Jusni Ismail said in a press statement on Thursday that the owners had been given almost two years of notice to clear the site before the operation was carried out.

“The operation by the Penang Island City Council, Public Works Department, state Land and Minerals Office, Penang Water Supply Corporation, the district office, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and the police was transparent and fair,” he said.

Jusni said the owners of the structures who shared the same address in Tanjung Bungah were notified that they were trespassing but they did not file applications to seek a temporary licence to occupy the site.

“We discovered the land encroachment in 2014 when Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu went on a site visit,” he said.

“We also discovered other structures like a barn, toilets and a rest area being built by the Pearl Hill Park Association.

“The owners were ordered to stop construction immediately.

“A notice under Section 425 of the State Land Act for unlawful occupation of state land was issued on April 22, 2014,” he said.

Jusni said the issue was further brought up by Teh in March last year when he proposed making the area a recreational park.

“The decision to act was made in November last year in a meeting also attended by Teh and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh.

“Two temples, a rest area next to the association and three toilets were not demolished,” said Jusni.

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