Chance to legalise illegal renovations

More than 30,000 homeowners who have illegally extended or renovated their homes in Subang Jaya can escape heavy fines if they submit their plans to the council and pay a flat rate of RM500.

The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) is giving homeowners a one-year grace period, from March 1, to submit their renovation plans.

This means those who had not submitted renovations plans to the council are exempted from the penalty, which is 10 times the processing fee.

Property owners would still have to pay the plan processing fee, which could range from RM100 to RM1,000 depending on the extension, and compound arrears.

This is for those who have made illegal extensions to the upper floor and balcony.

Council president Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said this proposal was presented and approved by the State Planning Committee last December.

In a statement, Bandar Puteri 8 Residents Association (BP8RA) and Rukun Tetangga chairman Datuk Samson Maman said, “A programme I initiated in 2013 with Puchong MP Gobind Singh, councillor Chang Kim Loong and with the assistance of councillor Steven Chin, council building department director Mohd Ariffuddin Kamari and town planning director Ismail Muhamad as well as my participating P8 residents has finally borne fruit today.

“This pertains to illegal home renovations, including the illegal front extensions over the car porch.

“It benefits more than 80 of my Puteri 8 Residents homes who drafted the changes for MPSJ’s approval and waited patiently these last three years for various technicalities to be resolved. “

On another matter, residents in the MPSJ Zone Three area (USJ 2 to USJ 15) will now be the eyes and ears of the authorities to monitor domestic waste and public cleaning contractors.

MPSJ is the first local council chosen by the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry for the Community Integrity Building project.

The six-month pilot project, launched yesterday before the council’s monthly fullboard meeting, is from Feb 1 to July 31.

The council has chosen 25 members from the residents committee to monitor waste collection and cleaning duties by contractors; compile evidence such as photos and videos, and prepare report for evaluation.

The council will collaborate with the Malaysian Institute of Integrity and Integrity Action, UK.

The goal is to monitor the quality of public service, improve quality of life and prevent bribery.

MPSJ corporate communication officer Muhammad Azli Miswan said, “MPSJ hopes the project can improve the quality of service by the council to the community.

“This approach can help identify the right solution and execute it,” he said.

With regards to dengue, there has been one confirmed death in Puchong Perdana. To date, there has been 1,431 dengue cases reported. Thirty-three hotspots have been identified, namely 13 in Subang Jaya, two in Kinrara, 12 in Seri Serdang and six in Seri Kembangan.

USJ is identified as the area with the highest risk. According to the council’s health department, six compounds of RM500 each have been issued in the municipality.

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