MPAJ discovers forged approvals for home renovations

AMPANG Jaya residents have been advised to be wary of “runners” offering false approvals from the local council for residential building plans.

Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain said three cases had been found, involving the falsifying of council documents for home renovations.

“So far, we have come across the cases in Pandan Perdana and Kampung Pandan.

“These conmen forged the signatures of MPAJ department heads on plans, letters and even planning process receipts.

“They lure people by offering significantly lower processing fees, but they do not send the documents to us to be verified,” he said during yesterday’s full board meeting.

He added that homeowners and the council had made police reports on the matter.

“We urge residents to be cautious when appointing third parties and refer to MPAJ if they have any doubts,” Abdul Hamid advised.

Meanwhile, the council is offering houseowners a chance to legalise home renovations that had been carried out without approval, by giving them a chance to submit new building plans.

“This is only applicable to those who have already done the renovation works.

“They can submit the plans to us and we will consider the application, provided that there has been no objections from the public, does not endanger the surrounding and is not a nuisance,” said Abdul Hamid.

Houseowners have from today until May 31, 2017, to submit their documents.

On another matter, the council announced that it had sent letters to 53 schools in Ampang Jaya to implement dengue prevention methods in view of the school holidays.

“They have been reminded to ensure that any water reservoirs are closed or cleaned up,” said the council president.

There were 1,499 cases reported from Jan 1 until May 25, with four deaths.

During the same period, 26 dengue hotspots were recorded.

About 92 dengue prevention programmes were also conducted, including gotong-royong sessions, talks and exhibitions.

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